St. Patrick's Day in Kansas City

2016 Edition

Celebrate Kansas City's rich Irish Heritage at one of our wonderful local St. Patrick's Day Parades! Here is your Complete Guide to St. Patrick's Day Parades in Kansas City:

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Note: This list was compiled by the staff of KC Parent Magazine with great tips from our KC Parent Facebook Fans! Email with additions or corrections.

St. Patrick's Day Events and Special Activities in Kansas City:

Kansas City Irish Center (15 W. Linwood, Kansas City, MO). This is the hub for Irish-related activities in Kansas City. They offer classes and programs celebrating Irish heritage throughout the year.

St. Patty's Week  Mar 14-19 at Paradise Park (1021 NE Colbern Road Lee's Summit, MO). Irish eyes are a-smiling. St. Patty’s week kicks off Spring Break at Paradise Park! Discover tons of leprechaun-approved fun and Spring-themed adventures as the outdoor attractions open up for another merry season of magical entertainment.

It's Your Lucky Day at the Cosmosphere Mar. 17, 9am-5pm at the Cosmosphere (1100 North Plum Street Hutchinson, KS). It's Your Lucky Day at the Cosmosphere, all day, Thursday, March 17! Wear green garb to the Cargo Bay Gift Store and receive 20% off your purchase.* Take a sneaky peeky, behind-the-scenes look at our educational facility, Cosmosphere Camps. Feast upon some tasty green Liquid Oxygen Ice Cream - randomly provided in 15 minute intervals throughout the day...just like a never know when it will show up!  Catch a glimpse of Patrick the Leprechaun Panda, as he partakes in mischief throughout the building. And the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow - get a 17% discount on tickets for Our Universe theaters!  All this fun while dancing a jig to Irish music in our lobby. Right ye be, mates! See ya on St. Patty's Day!

St. Patrick's Day Parades and Festivals in Kansas City:

Snake Saturday Parade: North Kansas City Mar. 12 at 11am. It is an exciting time for Northland Festivals as plans are under way for the 2016 Snake Saturday Parade and Festival.  The theme for the 31th Annual Snake Saturday Parade and Festival is…. “Wee The People!” So start your planning, plotting and preparation for your entry in the parade.  Watch for more information about this years’ celebration, charity highlights and more, as we start a new decade and begin giving away our next million to local charities! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter! Snake Saturday is the largest Irish Festival in the area, with near 100,000 participants in the two day event.  Snake Saturday begins on Friday evening with the opening of the carnival area and the Annual Charity Cook-off.  The event continues on Saturday with the addition of food vendors, a free children’s area, and children’s stage and of course the Parade! Snake Saturday is held on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day in the heart of downtown North Kansas City.  The Parade and Festival is a family oriented event with a philanthropic focus. Over the past 30 years, Snake Saturday has given over ONE MILLION DOLLARS to charities through fundraising efforts.

Emerald Isle Parade: Downtown Lee's Summit Mar. 12 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at Downtown Lee's Summit. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by enjoying the annual Emerald Isle Parade presented by Llywelyn’s Pub featuring floats, walking groups, Irish dancers, musicians, and more. Other activities include an Irish Breakfast for the whole family, Blarney Brew Off home brew competition  and a Pot O’ Gold Coin Hunt for the little lads and lassies. Put on your green and join the fun! A pub crawl, organized by Downtown bars and restaurants, will take place after the parade. Parade Route: Downtown Lee’s Summit from 8th Street, the parade heads north on Green Street, west on 3rd Street, then north on SE Main Street. Parade begins at 12 pm.

Brookside St. Patrick's Warm-Up Parade Mar. 12 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at Brookside Shopping District (63rd and Wornall Kansas City , MO.) It's the wearing of the green in Brookside for the 36th Annual St. Patrick's Day Warm-up Parade.  More than 100 organizations representing groups and families of all ages participate in this fun, family-oriented event. Parade entries march or ride in a variety of vehicles from red wagons to floats to classic cars. Entries include bands, drill teams, Irish dancers, the Jackson County Sheriff Mounted Patrol, and dogs of all shapes and sizes. The annual Brookside parade occurs on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day and kicks off a spirit-filled week in Kansas City celebrating St. Patrick's Day. 

Lexington's St. Patrick's Day Parade Mar. 12 at 2pm in Historic Lexington, MO.

Belton's St. Patricks' Day Parade Mar. 12, 5-6pm  in Belton, MO. The parade will go down Commercial to Pine, right on Main, cross to Cedar, then Main to Cherry. Post parade party at Frankie and Johnny's, 17209 US-71, just South of Burger King on the East Outer Road.

Parade Route:
Start at 65th and Wornall
North on Wornall to 63rd St.
East on 63rd St to Main
South on Main St. to Meyer Blvd.
West on Meyer Blvd. to Brookside Rd. - See more at:

Irishpalooza in Martin City Mar 13 at 2pm. St. Patrick's Day 2016 Parade theme is "Shamrocks and Ewoks" and will be full of excitement! This year’s Grand Marshals are Scott Parks and Dana Wright, from KMBZ news. The slate of parade judges includes John Holt, Co-Anchor for Fox 4 News, and several local business supporters and celebrities. The parade begins at 2:00 p.m. departing from the State Line Point Shopping Center parking lot at Washington Street and 135th Street, proceeding east across 135th Street to Holmes Road. Early line-up begins around 12pm. The parade typically has over 35 entries – a great mix of floats, family entries, drill teams, auto clubs, motorcycle groups, dignitary cars, walking groups and many animal groups. The parade ends at around 3:30 p.m. Other events include best dressed dog, prince and princess, and a festival.

Shawnee St. Patrick's Day Parade & Duck Race Mar. 13 from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. Shake off the winter blues, don your Irish Green and join us on Sunday March 13, 2016 for the Shawnee St. Patrick’s Parade! This will be the 34th annual Parade, hosted by the Irish American Club of Johnson County. The parade begins at 1:00 p.m. and proceeds down Johnson Drive from Monrovia east to Nieman Road. Be sure to plan your entire day in Downtown Shawnee to enjoy the Parade Day Irish Trifecta of Parade/Heroes Pull/Duck Race. You can start off by enjoying a hearty breakfast at one of the restaurants along the parade route, an Irish corned beef and cabbage lunch at the Knights of Columbus Hall, or some shopping at one of Shawnee’s unique Downtown merchants. Don’t forget to pick up one of our Parade Shirts along the parade route. The Hero Pull, immediately following the parade in the Splash Cove parking lot, is the perfect post parade activity! You can end the day rooting for your winning Duck in the Sister Cities Duck Race in the Herman Laird Park parking lot at 4:30.

The 44th Annual Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Mar. 17 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm in Midtown Kansas City– Broadway from Linwood to 43rd Street Kansas City , MO. The Parade has become Kansas City’s largest single-day civic event, as well as one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the nation. Tens of thousands of onlookers line the streets to see the hundreds of Irish floats, Bands, Families, Organizations, Business entries and others celebrate the Feast Day of St. Patrick and our Irish Heritage.

St. Patrick's Day Parade: Leavenworth Mar. 17 from 12:00 pm until 1:30 pm. Put on your green and come enjoy the celebration!  Leavenworth Irish cordially invites you to participate in the 33rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade will start promptly at noon.

St. Patrick's Day Parade: Lawrence Mar. 17 in Lawrence, KS. In addition to the fun, good old-fashioned parade, Downtown Lawrence has provided thousands to local children’s charities over the years. The current route for the parade is through the downtown business district. Line up begins at South Park in Massachusetts Street and ends at 501 N. 9th across the Kansas River Bridge.

A Bit of Leprechaun Magic at Home:

With a bit of creativity, you can create the magic of leprechauns at home.

Follow the Rainbow: Create a trail of shamrocks or rainbows for the children to follow from their bedrooms to the breakfast table. Lead them to a breakfast of green scrambled eggs, green pancakes and green milk. A touch of food coloring will do the trick for each of these delicacies. A favorite in our family is toast with a “green message” (written with a food coloring marker available in the bakery aisle at the grocery store). At each place setting, leave a St. Patrick’s Day treat or small gift.

Leprechaun Loot: Using gold chocolate coins, Chuck E. Cheese tokens or gold dollar coins, host a hunt at your house to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Top off the fun with a visit to Chuck E. Cheese or the Dollar Store where the kids can redeem their loot!

You’ve Been Pinched: Perhaps you’ve played “Ding Dong Ditch;” this game is similar.    Prepare a treat for a neighbor (chocolate coins, cupcakes, baked goodies) and deliver them with a note: “You’ve Been Pinched! Whether your are wearing green or not, I’m here to tell you that you are liked a lot!  Enjoy this treat, and here’s hoping you may, Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Your Secret Leprechaun.” Leave the treat on the doorstep, ring the bell, then disappear, hiding where you can watch your friend claim the prize.

Download this doorhanger template to print with the poem.

Kansas City's Irish Restaurants and Markets:

O’Malley’s 1842 Irish Pub 500 Welt St., Weston, MO, 816.640.5235. O’Malley’s serves authentic Irish fare in an authentic Irish-American pub, complete with Irish music. You can choose indoor or patio dining (where you see the famous world's largest ball of string). The menu includes salads, sandwiches, steaks, soups and, of course, fish and chips.

Browne's Irish Market 3300 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO, 816.561.0030. The Irish Market opened in Kansas City in 1887, and now the family’s fifth generation carries on the tradition of serving a wide variety of Irish delicacies. Enjoy handmade sandwiches, Irish potato soup, Irish stew, Dublin potato salad and more, as well as Irish souvenirs. On St. Patrick's Day, Browne's serves a traditional Irish breakfast starting at 7:00 and lunch specials in the afternoon.

O'Dowd's Little Dublin  Country Club Plaza at 4742 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO, 816.561.2700. O'Dowd's Little Dublin is known for "the BEST American pub eats and Irish treats in Kansas City!" Enjoy fish and chips, Irish stew, corned beef, Reubens and shepherd's pie. O'Dowd's Little Dublin on the Plaza boasts an authentic Irish interior with imported woodwork, creating a pharmacy, library and cigar shop steeped in amazing Irish atmosphere.

Riley's Irish Pub & Grill 913 Main, Lexington, MO, 660.259.4770. Riley's dishes up traditional Irish fare from a classic Reuben to fish and chips, and they have a delightfully-themed menu for "the wee ones!" Children choose from leprechaun toes (mini corn dogs), charmin' fingers (chicken strips), grilled Dublin cheese sandwich or classic fish 'n chips. Riley’s Irish Pub is located on Lexington’s famous Block 42, so named because it boasted 42 saloons and only one church... women and children were not permitted to walk on the "saloon side” of the road. Today, Riley's is a family-friendly Irish restaurant with a charming historic ambiance. Built in the 1890s, the pub has original stained glass windows, tile floor, tin ceiling and back bar. Also, read our Lexington Day Trip Diary on for more fun in Lexington!

O'Quigley's Multiple locations across the Metro! From Irish stew to fish 'n chips, you'll find all your favorite Irish dishes at O'Quigley's. Prices range from $8 to $20.

Remember to  Download this doorhanger template to play "You've Been Pinched".


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