The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, March 17, at Broadway & Linwood and march south down Broadway to 43rd Street. The staging areas will once again include Broadway from 31st Street to Linwood, Linwood east of Broadway to Pennsylvania and 33rd Street west of Broadway to Main Street. Those streets will also be the first to close – KCPD Traffic Officers will close those staging area streets at approx. 7:00 a.m. on parade day, as parade entrants begin arriving.
At approx. 8:00-9:00 a.m., KCPD officers close ALL of Broadway between 31st Street and 43rd Street, as well as “cross streets” approx. 1 block east and west of Broadway in order to keep traffic from getting to Broadway where cars will be blocked when they reach Broadway. KCPD will reopen Broadway and cross streets as soon as possible after the parade passes and the clean-up crews clear each intersection from north to south…by approximately 1:30-2:00 p.m.
This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade theme is “THE PIPES ARE CALLING: A CELEBRATION OF IRISH MUSIC. This theme is a tribute to Jody Watson, a beloved member of the Parade Committee who was lost in 2017. Jody served as the Lone Piper that kicked off the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for over 27 years. The Grand Marshal this year is David Koechner, a renowned comedian, TV and movie actor. David has previous Grand Marshal experience as he led the 150th anniversary parade for his hometown of Tipton, Missouri in 2008. David is also an avid supporter of our own Children’s Mercy Hospital here in Kansas City.