The pandemic has canceled big St. Patrick’s Day parties on the streets of Dogtown for two years now, and organizers on Thursday announced plans to celebrate this year in a safe and socially distant way.
A St. Patrick’s Day-themed house decorating contest, art installations for photo ops and the sales of a Dogtown business passport will commemorate the occasion, said Dogtown United and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which usually hosts a festival and parade.
“People are really wanting to be festive in other ways, and we’re working with what we have, you know?” said Isabel Acevedo, a Dogtown resident and vice president of Dogtown United.
For the decorating contest, residents are invited to decorate their houses for the holiday and use the hashtag #Dogtown2021 to post publicly to Facebook. Entries are due March 7 and will be posted to Dogtown United’s Facebook page on March 10 for voting. The three houses to get the most likes by March 14 will get a gift bag with prizes from local businesses.
Acevedo said the neighborhood has had house decorating contests in the past on St. Patrick’s Day, but those were for houses along the parade route.
The art installations, by the Black artist collective PaintedBlack STL, were created by artists Eugenia Alexander, Jess Donovan, Tyler Harris and Kyla Hawkins. The freestanding murals were installed Monday at St. James the Greater School, Dogtown Veterans Memorial Park, Wilkinson Early Childhood Center and Dewey International Studies School.