Missouri S&T is preparing to celebrate its 110th annual “Best Ever” St. Pat’s celebration. The theme for this year’s celebration is “High Noon.”
The campus celebration began in 1908, when a group of Rolla students declared St. Patrick to be the patron saint of engineers. St. Pat’s has since grown to encompass a full week of events, as well as campus traditions that begin in early March.
The schedule for the 110th St. Pat’s celebration at Missouri S&T is as follows:
– Monday, March 5, through Wednesday, March 7: Snake Invasion. Students club plastic snakes on campus with large decorative sticks called shillelaghs.
– Saturday, March 10: The Coterie St. Pat’s Ball, 6 p.m. The event includes a four-course dinner and dancing to live music in Hasselmann Alumni House, located at 1100 N. Pine St. in Rolla. For tickets or more information, contact Dilek Acar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Monday, March 12: St. Pat’s Follies, noon, at the Puck, a campus landmark located in front of Toomey Hall.
– Tuesday, March 13: St. Pat’s Follies, noon, at the Puck.
– Wednesday, March 14: Court arrival, approximately 11:45 a.m. downtown Rolla. St. Pat and his court, portrayed by S&T students, will officially arrive in downtown Rolla aboard a converted railway ore cart. They will then proceed from the south end of Pine Street to the Rolla Band Shell, located at the corner of 9th and Oak streets, for St. Pat’s Follies at noon.
– Thursday, March 15: Gonzo and Games, 10 a.m., at Schuman Park, located at 103 E. 14th St. in Rolla.
– Friday, March 16: two main events
Noon — Gonzo and Games, Schuman Park.
9 p.m. — Coronation and Knighting Ceremony, Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, located at 10th and Main streets in Rolla. The event is open to the public and free to attend.
– Saturday, March 17: St. Pat’s is celebrated in Rolla
7 a.m. — Pine Street painting.
8 a.m. — St. Pat’s 5K. This 5K is sponsored by the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce and registration costs $25. Register online at besteverstpats5k.itsyourrace.com/register. Race-day registration opens at 7 a.m. at the Public House Brewing Co., located at 600 N. Rolla St. in Rolla. For more information, call 573-364-3577.
9 a.m. — Pre-parade breakfast, Hasselmann Alumni House, 1100 N. Pine St. A complimentary meal that is open to the community on a first-come, first-served basis.
11 a.m. — St. Pat’s Parade on Pine Street in downtown Rolla.
Noon — St. Pat’s Grateful Board Concert, a free concert open to the public at the Rolla Band Shell. At 2 p.m., the concert moves to the nearby soundstage to host this year’s headliner — Tech N9ne, a rapper and songwriter known for his single “Caribou Lou.”
1:30 p.m. — Dedication of the St. Patrick statue, outside the Curtis Laws Wilson Library on the Missouri S&T campus. This formal ceremony will officially install a bronze statue of St. Patrick created by artist Rudolph Edward Torrini at its permanent location facing the library’s plaza.
For more information on the events listed, see the St. Pat’s Committee website at stpats.mst.edu.
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