Another spectacular KC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is always a spectacular celebration of Irish heritage and tradition, and the 43rd annual parade followed suit.

patsdayThis year’s parade theme was: Irish Music and Myth.

Author Gillian Flynn was this year’s Grand Marshal. She wrote the #1 New York Times best-selling book, Gone Girl, Dark Places and Sharp Objects. She was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo., graduated from the University of Kansas and received her graduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

FOX 4’s John Holt and Kathy Quinn and the parade chairperson, Erin Kiekbusch, emceed the parade broadcast, brought to you by James B. Nutter.

Check out some of the pictures of the fun participants and spectators had in Midtown on Tuesday.

In addition to all the fun associated with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the parade also benefits the Kansas City community by collecting donations for Harvesters, Kansas City’s food network.  You can participate by voting for your favorite parade entry. A vote in the People’s Choice Virtual Food Drive costs $1. Click here to vote.

voteHarvesters helps feed 141,500 people a month through its network of 620 nonprofit agencies such as food pantries, food kitchens, shelters and others. For every dollar donated, Harvesters can provide three meals to hungry families, children and seniors in our community.

If you miss all of the parade because you’re there or working, no worries! It will re-air at 7 p.m. on FOX 4’s 4.2 Antenna TV channel. (TWC 970 | Comcast 251 | Surewest 639) 4.2 Antenna TV is NOT on U-verse, Dish or Direct.

Prepare to watch! We’re going to have a Whale of a Time!

Traffic note from Kansas City, Mo. Police: Broadway will be closed from 31st Street to 47th Street beginning at 9 a.m. Crossing Broadway is discouraged after that time. The parade staging area also will be closed prior to and during the parade, beginning at 8:15 a.m. This includes Linwood from Main to Pennsylvania and Broadway from 31st Street to Linwood. All cars parked in any of these areas must be moved before 4 a.m. Tuesday, March 17. To see the parade route and map of parking, go to  Broadway will reopen from north to south at the conclusion of the parade, around 2 p.m.

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