St. Patrick’s Day parades are one of the most popular parades in America, and of the most notable is the Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The annual Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade no longer takes place in the city’s downtown, it takes place in the streets of the midtown area. The whole procession now ends in Westport. Green waves flood Broadway and turn all the people Irish. The first of the St. Patrick’s Day events was held in Kansas City way back in the nineteenth century. The population of Irish immigrants expanded significantly. As this happened, the celebrations of the Irish holiday became larger and larger. The parades enjoyed years and years of incredible glory, but fizzled during the second half of the nineteenth century.
In 1973, Mike Murphy, the most popular host in Kansas City, and Dan Hoggarty and Pat O’Neill revamped the parade. They painted a calf green and advertised that it would be the worst and shortest of any parade that has ever happened in the history of the world. A great deal has been changed since this time. For one thing, there were more than half a million people who came out to watch the parade in 2005. It is now one of America’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day Parades.
It will even be broadcast on the local television stations. The usual floats will be featured, but there will also be new floats that are special for this year. They will also feature amazing balloons that are themed in Irish styles.
The Kansas City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is a special event that everyone in Missouri will enjoy, whether they are young or old. However, people should be careful to park close to the event. It can be difficult to navigate through the large throngs of people. This can become a challenge. But parking close to the parade will make things much easier. By keeping this in mind, one can have a great time on Saint Patty’s Day.
photo credit: KCIrishParade