The Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla is preparing to celebrate its 111th annual “Best Ever” St. Pat’s celebration. The theme for this year’s celebration is “St. Pat’s in Middle Earth.”
The campus celebration began in 1908, when a group of Rolla students declared that St. Patrick was 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 111th St. Pat’s celebration at Missouri S&T is as follows:
— Monday through Wednesday: Snake Invasion. Students club plastic snakes on campus with large decorative sticks called shillelaghs.
— Monday: The “Early History of St. Pat’s at S&T” will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 103 of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library at S&T. Library staff will present a history of the St. Pat’s celebration, along with a display of vintage items from the S&T Archives. The same presentation will be offered at 10 a.m. March 7 and at 2 p.m. Tuesday March 12. Visit library.mst.edu to reserve a spot.
— March 9: The St. Patrick’s Grand Ball gets underway at 6 p.m. The event includes 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.
— March 11: The St. Pat’s Follies, noon, at the Puck, a campus landmark located in front of Toomey Hall.
— March 12: St. Pat’s Follies, noon, at the Puck.
— March 13: 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.
— March 14: Two main events are scheduled: Gonzo Gives Back, the St. Pat’s Day of Service at S&T, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at various local community locations. The Gonzo and Games will take place from noon to 6 p.m., at Schuman Park, located at 103 E. 14th St. in Rolla.
— March 15: Gonzo and Games is scheduled at noon at Schuman Park. At 9 p.m., the Coronation and Knighting Ceremony takes place at Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, located at 10th and Main streets in Rolla. The event is open to the public and free to attend.
March 16 events
March 16 is a busy day on the Missouri S&T campus with multiple events planned, including:
— 7 a.m.: Pine Street painting.
— 8 a.m.: The annual St. Pat’s 5K and Beer Run. Registration for the 5K costs $25. The Beer Run is $25 and begins at 9:30 a.m. Participants can register for both events for a discounted price of $45. 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, visit besteverstpats5k.itsyourrace.com or call 573.364.3577.
— 9 a.m.: A Pre-parade breakfast takes place at Hasselmann Alumni House, 1100 N. Pine St. A complimentary meal is open to the community on a first-come, first-served basis.
— 11 a.m.: The St. Pat’s Parade begins on Pine Street in downtown Rolla.
— 1 p.m.: St. Pat’s Grateful Board Concert, a free concert that is open to the public, begins at the Rolla Band Shell. Details about the concert performers will be released closer to the date of the event.
For more information on the events listed, see the St. Pat’s Committee website at stpats.mst.edu.