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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a two-year hiatus, Kansas City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns Thursday for all ages to enjoy.

The city will turn green as the “Doing an Irish Dance” makes its way down Broadway Boulevard and through Westport starting at 11 a.m. Thursday.

“Having this many people comeback to celebrate, the past few weeks getting ready for the day and this many people coming” said Kerry Brown, owner of Brown’s Irish Marketplace.

It’s the oldest Irish business outside of Ireland, and they know this year is extra special.

“Incredible music, just being with each other, celebrating being back, celebrating our health” Brown said.

For many like the Driscoll School of Dance, they’ve planned for this the whole year.

“This is what we prepare for. This is kind of like our Super Bowl. To see the smiling faces along the parade route (is) just going to really lift everybody up,” Bridgid Driscoll said.

Here’s the full parade route Thursday:

Parking, although available, will be limited near the parade route. Organizers suggest the use of public transport or ride share apps to avoid traffic and parking related delays.

With an event this size, Kansas city police said they’re ready. Starting early Thursday the parade route from Linwood to 43rd will be closed and secured.

Police said their best ally in keeping everyone safe is you. If you see something, say something.

“We want this to be a safe and family friendly event, so there is no place for gun violence or fights or arguments. Those things won’t be tolerated,” KCPD Sgt. Jake Beccinha said.

Before, during and after the parade, establishments around the parade route and downtown Kansas City will be celebrating the holiday.

Irish Bars nearby

Street vendors will be located down the parade route to purchase food during the day of festivities.

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