St. Louis Cartoonist Mike Peters Grand Marshal of 2014 Hibernian Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) have named cartoonist Mike Peters the Grand Marshal of their 31st Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Peters, who grew up in St. Louis’s Dogtown neighborhood draws the long-running comic strip Mother Goose and Grimm, that appears daily in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Peters has won both a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning and the National Cartoonist Society’s Ruben Award for his work on Mother Goose and Grimm. The comic strip appears in over 800 newspapers worldwide and consistently places in the top 10 most popular ratings. He is son of Charlotte Peters, a pioneer of St. Louis television, and attended Christian Brothers College High School and Washington University.
The annual Irish gala gets underway at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, Saint Patrick's Day. Sponsored by the St. Louis and St. Louis County Hibernians, the parade honors Saint Patrick as the Apostle of Ireland, and highlights the contributions the Irish and Irish-Americans have made to the United States.
The Dogtown Business Merchants Association and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, in partnership with the Clayton Tamm Community Association, have once again adopted a “no cooler/backpack” rule for the parade.
This year’s AOH Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is once again being dedicated to firefighters, law enforcement, public safety personnel and union members killed in the line of duty since September 11, 2001. Among those being recognized as distinguished honorees during this year’s parade will be firefighters and law enforcement officers from St. Louis City and St. Louis County.
The AOH parades passes through one of St. Louis' oldest Irish neighborhoods. The 2014 AOH parade will start south of the Tamm Avenue overpass at Oakland Avenue, traveling south on Tamm Avenue, past St. James the Greater Catholic Church, and ends at Manchester. This year's parade will feature over 100 colorful floats and marching units. Like traditional Saint Patrick's Day parades held in Ireland, many St. Louis Irish will march under their family crests and banners.
More information on the parade and the Ancient Order of Hibernians can be found at: http://www.stlhibernians.com