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Mar 10

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Kansas City

HW0_207810If you live in Kansas City or are going to be visiting the area around March 17, you might enjoy getting in on some of the great St. Patrick’s Day events going on in the city.  There are a variety of different traditions that KC has for celebrating this Irish holiday, and while some of them do include drinking green beer, there are activities for the entire family as well.  Just don’t forget to wear your green or you might get pinched!

The biggest event, of course, is the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.  It takes place on the day itself, March 17, and it starts around 11:00 a.m.  It’s scheduled to last until 1:00 p.m. or so, depending on how quickly the various floats and such move.  The parade follows the traditional route down Broadway from 33rd Street to 43rd Street.  This year’s Grand Marshal is Irishman Ian Byrne, the lead singer for The Elders and the owner of Byrne Custom Woodworking.

There are a number of different pubs and bars holding St. Patrick’s Day events, of course.  One of the most popular is Kelly’s Westport Inn.  Their traditional celebration is full of live music and other fun entertainment.  You can enjoy a pint at the bar or go out on Randal’s Rooftop, a large open deck that provides quite a view.  Other places to hang out include O’dowd’s Little Dublin, Mike Kelly’s, the Gaf, and Lew’s.  All feature live music and other entertainment.

For those who really want to party, the Martini Corner’s Street Party offers up five different bars and music all day long.  It’s held at 31st and Oak and promises a great time for anyone who loves dancing.  Likewise, the Power and Light District will be holding their Shamrocks and Shenanigans party starting at 6:00 a.m. with their Kegs and Eggs event.

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