What is the St. Pat's Celebration?
St. Pat's has been the can't-miss celebration of Rolla, MO every year since 1908. Each year, it gets better and better which is why every St. Pat's is the "Best Ever." For more information on the history of St. Pats, CLICK HERE.
Each Fall semester, the student-run St. Pat's Board holds 150 and 100 "DAZE" events in anticipation of the coming celebration. These are attended by students and locals alike at the Grotto, a basement bar owned and operated by Mike Greenway, a Board alumnus, and home to the largest shamrock in Rolla, MO. The Grotto, a favorite among students of Missouri S&T, is situated just 500 feet from Norwood Hall's historic steps and serves as the new terminus of the parade. It is also famous for its Street Painter's shot - so named for the traditional painting of the street by returning Board alumni each year. It shares the paint's thick, milky green appearance and is a refreshment of choice for the alumni having finished the messy work of painting Pine street.
When students return to school after a much needed Winter Break, they immediately start counting the "Daze" to St. Pats (though some students start counting as early as the end to the previous year's St. Pats). Once 50 Daze hits, the S&T community will kick-off the St. Pat's season with a trivia night where members of different fraternities, sororities, organizations, and other communities will form teams to earn points in the annual St. Pat's Competition. Following this day, the campus will hear the members of the Board singing "the Daze Song" on the puck throughout the day more and more as the "Daze" count gets lower and lower. Often times they will come join in and help the Board Reps sing. Every Friday during this season is known as "Green Friday." On this day of the week, members of the competing organizations will gather in the area on campus in front of the library where the Board sells their yearly merchandise that all the students will be wearing. As the students begin feeling the Spring warmth return to Rolla more and more each week, the members of the competing organizations will collectively sing a parody of a song they wrote that adheres to that week's theme and then play fun yard games such as washers and the sweatshirt toss. Organizations can also start building up their points early by volunteering or giving blood in our Annual February Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry. Students are also eligible to receive points by donating cans to our canned food drive that takes place in the same location.
The "10 DAZE" long celebration kicks off with the selection of St. Pat and his highest Court members, comprised of the senior representatives of the St. Pat's Board. These students worked hard as junior and baby reps in the two celebrations prior to organize all the events for the campus and local communities. Now, they reap the benefits, serving as local celebrities and spreading the festivities by making appearances with officials, at businesses around town, and at parties and social gatherings of all kinds. They perform in three of the longest-held traditional ceremonies, the Court Arrival on Wednesday, Coronation on Friday, and Parade on Saturday closest to St. Patrick's Day.