Kansas City’s St. Patrick’s Day Guide
Celebrate Kansas City's rich Irish Heritage at a local St. Patrick's Day Parade or special event! Here is your Complete Guide to St. Patrick's Day fun in Kansas City:
Note: This list was compiled by the staff of KC Parent Magazine. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with additions or corrections.
St. Patrick's Day Parades & Festivals
2019 Emerald Isle Parade: Downtown Lee' Summit Mar. 9 from Noon - 3 pm in Downtown Lee's Summit, 3rd and Main. Route: Parade Route: From 8th Street, the parade heads north on Green Street, west on 3rd Street, then north on SE Main Street. The parade begins at 12 pm. 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. Put on your green and join the fun! Other activities include a Pot O’ Gold Coin Hunt for the little lads and lassies and a pub crawl, organized by Downtown bars and restaurants.
Martin City St. Patrick's Parade Mar. 10 at 2 pm Martin City Community Improvement District, 311 E 135th St, Kansas City, MO. Route: The parade begins at 2:00 PM departing from the State Line Point Shopping Center parking lot at Washington Street and 135th Street in Martin City and will proceed east across 135th Street to Holmes Road. The very first Martin City parade in 1987 consisted of four Martin City business owners who grabbed their friends, hopped in two cars and a horse & buggy, and held an impromptu St. Patrick’s “parade” down 135th Street. The parade still takes place today on 135th street, and over the years, it’s become an inspiring showcase of more than 60+ businesses, dance teams, schools, car clubs, dignitaries, animal groups, and more. This year, we’re excited to have the founder of the Martin City Brewing Company, Matt Moore, kicking off the parade as our official Grand Marshall! Enjoy a variety of floats and performers in the parade, including the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile!
37th Annual Shawnee St. Patrick's Day Parade Mar. 10 from 1-2pm, Shawnee, KS. Route: The Parade starts on Johnson Drive & Monrovia & heads East on Johnson Drive to Nieman Road. This year's theme is "Explore Your Irish Heritage."
2019 Brookside 39th Annual St. Patrick's Warm-Up Parade Mar. 16 from 2-4pm, Route: Begins at 65th and Wornall, Ends Meyer Blvd and Brookside Rd, Kansas City, MO. The annual Brookside St. Patrick’s Warm-Up Parade is a fun, family-oriented event occurring the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day - this year Saturday, March 16th. The parade draws participants and spectators from around the metro and kicks off a spirit-filled week in Kansas City celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The Brookside Business Association and Community Improvement District sponsor the celebration each year. Over 100 organizations and businesses from across the metro enter the parade each year. Whether marching, dancing, walking or riding vehicles ranging from red wagons and bikes to floats and classic cars, the entrants, music and other festivities are sure to entertain groups and families of all ages. Entries include bands, drill teams, Irish dancers, bagpipers, the mounted patrol, and dogs of all shapes and sizes including Basset Hounds, Great Danes and of course, Irish Setters. It’s a one-of-a-kind event that you don’t want to miss!
Snake Saturday Festival and Parade Mar. 16 from 11am-4pm at 14th and Swift, North Kansas City, MO. Parade: Begins at 11 am. Link to Parade Route and Parking Map. Carnival: The carnival area is set up and open for family fun early Friday evening until about 10 pm, opening again on Saturday morning at about 10 am until 4-5 pm. Free Children’s Area: The free children’s area is filled with family activities, including a barrel train, airbrush tattoos, pony rides, petting zoo, tricycle obstacle course and much, much, more! Open from 10 am until 3 pm. Festival grounds border Armour Road on the north and 18th Avenue on the south, Fayette on the west and Howell on the east.
Belton St. Patrick's Day Parade Mar. 16, Main Street Festivities start at 2 pm. The line up is at 4 pm at Memorial Park, parade starts at 5 pm. Belton invites you to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at their annual parade!
Kansas City's St. Patrick's Day Parade Mar. 17 from 11am-1pm. Route: Begins at Linwood & Broadway and proceeds south along Broadway to 43rd Street. Theme: The Pipes Are Calling: Shamrocks & Shenanigans. 2019 Grand Marshall: Eric Stonestreet.
Lawrence St. Patrick's Parade Mar. 17 from 1:30-3pm Downtown Lawrence, Kansas. Route: 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. Enjoy an old-fashioned parade. In addition to the fun, good old-fashioned parades, the Committee has provided more than $1 Million to local children's charities through annual events and also Sully's Pot of Gold supplemental emergency fund.
Leavenworth St. Patrick's Day Parade Mar. 17 from at 1 pm. Route: Fourth and Walnut Streets, Leavenworth, KS.
St. Patrick's Day Fun: Concerts, Crafts, Storytime, and Fun
St. Patrick's Day Week at Paradise Park Mar. 10-17. Irish eyes are a-smiling with loads of leprechaun-approved fun and spring-themed adventures. Our version of a children's museum, the Discovery Play center will feature a truly wonderful week filled with St. Patty’s Day fun. Choose from a variety of self-directed projects in our Art Studio that can also double as decorations.
How to Catch a Leprechaun Mar. 14 from 2-3pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Blue Springs South, 2220 S. 7 Hwy., Blue Springs, MO. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and learn to how to find a pot of gold at the Library! We'll read "How to Catch A Leprechaun" by Adam Wallace, play leprechaun games, and make our own leprechaun traps! Registration is required.
St. Patrick's Day at the Zoo Mar. 16 &17 at Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, MO. We are ushering in the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day. Head out to the Zoo and see our animals enjoying festive enrichment items and get your picture taken with a leprechaun on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, O’Riada-Manning Academy of Irish Dance will be performing at 10:30 am. On Sunday, join our very special St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 1 pm. Our llamas, goats, and many more animals will parade through the Zoo.
Connie Dover & Kelly Werts Concert March 16 at 6:30 pm at Acoustic Alcove at Unity Village. Paint the Alcove Green this St. Patrick's Day weekend! Renowned Celtic and Folk artists Connie Dover and Kelly Werts are returning to our stage for the third straight year. Seating is limited and previous shows have sold out, so don't wait to buy your tickets!
Westport St. Patrick's Day 4 Miler Mar. 16, Westport Kansas City, 500 Westport Rd, Kansas City. 1-101. 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The Westport St. Patrick’s Day Run is a great Kansas City tradition for the entire family! Get all of your little ones involved by registering them to participate in the Kids Fun Run at the conclusion of the 4-mile run (approx. 11:15 AM). And by little ones, we mean children, not leprechauns (…although leprechauns are not discouraged from participating). All kids will receive a short sleeve cotton t-shirt when they pick up their packet! Upon finishing the Little Shamrock Run, each participant will receive a special gift bag and a medal. The starting line will be near the Start/Finish of the 4-mile run. The run is approximately 3 blocks long.
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 you 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.
Kansas City's Irish Restaurants and Markets:
Browne's Irish Market 3300 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO, 816.561.0030, BrownsIrishMarket.com. 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.
The Dubliner Kansas City Power & Light District, 170 E. 14th St., Kansas City, MO, 816.268.4700, TheDublinerKC.com. The Irish-American pub offers a distinctly Irish feel and delicious pub fare. The downtown location is convenient off the streetcar.
Llywelyn's Pub Two Metro Locations: 6995 W. 151st St., Overland Park, KS, and 301 SE Douglas St., Lee's Summit, MO. Known for their authentic Celtic food and friendly neighborhood atmosphere, Llywelyn’s is an unforgettable experience. The Overland Park restaurant makes its home in a renovated 100-year-old church with live music on weekends. The Downtown Lee’s Summit location features a patio and lives music on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Paddy O'Quigley's 5317 W. 151st St., Leawood, KS, 913.601.3511. From Irish stew to fish 'n chips, all your favorite Irish dishes are on the menu at Paddy O'Quigley's. This neighborhood pub offers a fun atmosphere where they always root for the local teams. St. Paddy’s Day is their biggest celebration of the year.
O'Dowd's Little Dublin Country Club Plaza at 4742 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO, 816.561.2700, ODowdsLittleDublin.com. 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.
O’Malley’s 1842 Irish Pub 500 Welt St., Weston, MO, 816.640.5235, WestonIrish.com. 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.