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Best of KC: Best St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Best of KC / March 7, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day is a pretty important holiday in Kansas City. Many of our city’s residents have Irish roots that date back to the mid-1800s. Irish immigrants were pretty critical in helping to develop the rocky terrain in Westport and Independence. As a result, Kansas City is flooded with Irish customs, music, food, dance, and St. Patrick’s Day.

Harvesters Go For the Green Food Drive

Register your school, business, or group before March 17th and Harvesters will supply bins for food donations and pick them up once the drive ends. The winner, collecting the most donations, will win a trophy and free entry into the next Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Beginning at Linwood and Broadway, proceeding south along Broadway to 43rd street and ending in Westport, this is the biggest of the St. Patrick’s Day parades. Traditionally held on St. Patrick’s Day—even if it’s a Tuesday—this parade sets you up to spend the rest of your day testing out the Irish bars and pubs in Westport.

39th Annual Brookside Warm-Up Parade

Held on Saturday, March 16th at 2pm, this parade’s theme this year is “A Little Bit O’Blarney.” Always a family-friendly event, over 100 organizations and floats from across the metro will enter the parade. Look for marchers, dancers, vehicles, wagons, bikes, classic cars, mountain patrol, music and more!

 Emerald Isle Parade in Lee’s Summit

On Saturday, March 9th from 12pm until 3pm, Llywleyn’s Pub is sponsoring the parade with fun floats, Irish dancers, and music. There’s also a coin hunt for kids 8 and under at Howard Station Park at 11:30 and a pub-crawl in downtown Lee’s Summit at 1pm.

36th Annual Shawnee St. Patrick’s Day Parade

On Sunday, March 10th from 1pm until 2pm, the parade’s theme is “Follow the Green Irish Road.” Starting at Johnson Drive and Monrovia, the parade heads down Johnson Drive towards Nieman Road. Wear green!

Martin City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Also on Sunday, March 10th, the Martin City parade starts at 2pm and features more than 60 groups—dance teams, businesses, car clubs, and fun floats! There are no entry fees so anyone can participate and there are cash prizes for the top three groups!

Snake Saturday

Held in in North Kansas City on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day—March 16th this year—the parade begins at 11am at 14th and Swift Streets and is followed by a festival that runs through 4pm. There’s a cook-off and plenty of activities for kids as well.

Other notable parades and events

How to Catch a Leprechaun—Thursday, March 14th from 2pm to 3pm at the Blue Springs South branch of the library—play games, make leprechaun traps and find a pot of gold!

Weston Shamrock Hunt—Saturday, March 9th, all day—hunt for shamrocks and 3 pots of gold—winner gets a $25 prize!

St. Patrick’s Day Concert—Raytown Community Band—Saturday, March 16th from 3pm to 4pm—free live music!

Leavenworth Irish Parade—Sunday, March 17th, at 1pm

Belton St. Patrick’s Day Parade—Saturday, March 16th, from 4pm to 10pm—the parade starts at 5pm

Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade—Sunday, March 17th, at 1:30pm 

41st Annual Westport St. Patrick’s Day Run

On Saturday, March 16th at 11am, the Kansas City Running Club will sponsor a four-mile run through Westport. Immediately after will be a fun race, the Little Shamrock Run, just for kids, around 11:15am.

The best Irish pubs

 I guess this list is always up to scrutiny, but there are some pretty notable Irish pubs in the metro area. Here are some favorites.


Browne’s Irish Marketplace, which claims to be the oldest Irish-owned business in North America, has traditional Irish fare at 33rd and Pennsylvania. Kelly’s Westport Inn, open since 1947, might be the most iconic Irish bar in KC. Dempsey’s Burger Pub, at 41st and Pennsylvania, has traditional Irish cocktails and cuisine.

Power & Light

The Dubliner is a Dublin-style tavern that regularly features Irish performers. McFadden’s Sports Saloon, also in Power & Light, has plenty of TVs and fun crowds, perfect for hanging out during a big sporting event.

Country Club Plaza

O’Dowd’s, on the Plaza, is a gastrobar with live music and authentic cuisine. At 55th and Troost, Brady’s Public House has some really great cottage pie, Irish sausage rolls, and corned beef.

Johnson County

Paddy O’Quigley’s is a great place to stop in and grab some great food and a pint in Leawood. For a more low-key, family-friendly way to celebrate St. Patrick, check out Conroy’s Public House at 95th street in Overland Park.


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Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh