Missouri's slice of Ireland celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Missouri's slice of Ireland celebrates St. Patrick's Day.

The only town in America named after the patron saint of Ireland celebrates its biggest holiday of the year.

If you couldn't visit Ireland for St. Patrick's Day, Missouri has the next best thing.

Saint Patrick, Missouri hosts its annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration Sunday.

Festivities include a traditional roast beef dinner, Irish music and tours of the church and museum.

Those in attendance say a major draw to this tiny community is tradition.

"It warms my heart to see everyone no matter young, old, in between, everyone's coming out to support the ventures that still go on here, and just to see everyone still supporting each other no matter how hard the times or how good the times," said Barb Alber, Regent of the Daughters of Isabella.

The day kicked off with a 5K and silent auction with all funds raised going back to the church.

Sunday's celebration also includes Mass held at the Shrine of St. Patrick.

"We're really proud of our church and proud of our community and we've been here a long time. We're proud of what we are and what we're made of, so we like to celebrate St. Patrick's Day," said resident John Wheeler.

The stained glass found at the Shrine of St. Patrick comes all the way from Ireland.

St. Patrick's next celebration will be for the 4th of July this summer.

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