Missouri University of Science and Technology is preparing to celebrate the 108th annual “Best Ever” St. Pat's celebration. The theme for this year's celebration is “St. Pat goes to the movies.”


Missouri University of Science and Technology is preparing to celebrate the 108th annual “Best Ever” St. Pat’s celebration. The theme for this year’s celebration is “St. Pat goes to the movies.”
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 108th St. Pat’s celebration at Missouri S&T is as follows:
-- Monday, March 7, through Wednesday, March 9: Snake Invasion. Students club plastic snakes on campus with large decorative sticks called shillelaghs.
-- Saturday, March 12: The Coterie St. Pat’s Ball, 6 p.m. The event includes a four-course dinner and dancing to live music in the St. Pat’s Ballroom of the Havener Center. For tickets or more information, contact Dilek Acar at dilek@rollanet.org.
-- Monday, March 14, through Tuesday, March 15: St. Pat’s Follies, noon, at the Puck, a campus landmark located in front of Toomey Hall.
-- Wednesday, March 16: St. Pat’s Court arrival, at approximately 11:45 a.m. in 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 Sixth and Pine Street to the Rolla Band Shell, located at the corner of Ninth and Oak streets, for St. Pat’s Follies at noon.
-- Thursday, March 17: Gonzo and Games, 10 a.m., on the University Promenade in front of the Havener Center.
-- Friday, March 18: Gonzo and Games, noon, University Promenade, and the coronation and knighting ceremony, 9 p.m., Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, located at 10th and Main streets in Rolla. Admission is free and open to the public.
-- Saturday, March 19: St. Pat’s is celebrated in Rolla:
•7 a.m. — Pine Street painting.
• 8:30 a.m. — St. Pat’s 5K, Pine Street in Rolla. 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 7:30 a.m. at the event. 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.
• 11 a.m. — St. Pat’s Parade on Pine Street in downtown Rolla.
• 1 p.m. — St. Pat’s Concert, a free concert open to the public at the Rolla Band Shell. More details about the concert 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.