March 17, 2016
KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The city is making all the preparations for you to have a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day.
Kansas City, Mo. residents are invited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the 44th annual Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and last about two hours on Thursday, March 17, at the corner of Broadway and Linwood Boulevards; the parade will run from Linwood Boulevard and Broadway south to 43rd Street. City officials have implemented traffic control measures which will help ensure a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day for parade-goers and motorists.
The parade route will close Broadway from Linwood Boulevard to 43rd Street beginning at 8:30 a.m. until approximately 1:30 p.m. Crossing Broadway is discouraged during that time. The following staging areas will also close from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.:
- Broadway between 31st Street and Linwood Boulevard.
- Linwood Boulevard between Pennsylvania and Main Streets
- J.C. Nichols Parkway between 43rd St. and 47th Streets
- “No parking” signs were posted along the parade route and staging areas on Tuesday, March 16. The Kansas City Police Department began enforcing the parking restriction early Wednesday morning. Any vehicles on the parade route or staging areas after 4 a.m. Thursday, March 17 will be towed at the owner’s expense.
All cars parked in any of these areas must be moved before 4 a.m. Thursday, March 17. To see the parade route and map of parking, go to http://kcirishparade.com/parking-bus-routes. Broadway will reopen from north to south at the conclusion of the parade, around 2 p.m. Police ask all parade attendees and St. Patrick’s Day revelers to protect their property by not leaving any items of value in plain view in their vehicles. Numerous officers will be patrolling the parade route and nearby areas. Police remind parade-goers that open-container ordinances remain in effect during the parade, and citations will be issued for open consumption of alcohol. Police also will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on St. Patrick’s Day.
Additional KCATA buses will be available at 39th and Broadway/Main to help ease pedestrian traffic at the end of the parade. After the parade, police will dedicate numerous officers to provide extra security in the Westport entertainment district.