Feeling lost in a sea of green when it comes to planning your St. Paddy’s Day? We’ve rounded up your options.
Festivities begin bright and early this weekend. Start your Saturday with a quest for gold at the KC Track Club’s Annual Westport St. Patrick’s Day Run. The 4-mile run kicks off at 10 a.m. and the Little Shamrock Fun Run for Kids begins at 11:15 a.m. Pick up some St. Patrick’s Day swag at the race and enjoy special discounts throughout Westport exclusive to runners.
Catch the 30th annual Snake Saturday Parade in North Kansas City to see if it lives up its theme, “A Little Bit O Blarney.” The celebration begins Friday night with the annual charity cook-off and continues Saturday with the parade, which attracts up to 100,000 people. Featuring a carnival with live entertainment and food vendors, Snake Saturday also offers plenty of fun activities for kids, including a carnival area and car show.
The Northland isn’t home to the only procession on Saturday. Stop by Brookside to enjoy the annual St. Patrick’s Day Warm-up Parade. The family friendly event kicks off at 2 p.m. at 65th Street and Wornall Road.
Kick your Sunday celebration off with a little cardio at the Martin City Whiskey Run 5K and Kid’s Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. and get a free breakfast to fuel the rest of your day at Irishpalooza, which includes a best dressed dog contest, a prince and princess contest and a parade. Former Royals second baseman and 2015 grand marshal Frank White will get the parade started at 2 p.m. and auctioneer Tanna Guthrie will serve as emcee.
The 43rd Annual Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts making its way through Midtown and Westport at 11 a.m. This year the festivities will be led by Kansas City native, bestselling author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn as grand marshal. You never know who or what you’ll see, so pick a spot along the route early. While St. Paddy’s Day is a blast, you also have an opportunity to give back with the Go for the Green Food Drive benefitting Harvesters. Donate at metro Price Chopper locations, at select schools and businesses or online, and the day of the parade you can cast a vote for your favorite entry with a $1 donation that will benefit the community food bank.
Live music reigns supreme at the Power & Light District’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Check out a free show from alternative outfit Big Data at the KC Live Block. Of course other Power & Light spots are getting in on the fun. McFadden’s and The Dubliner are both starting the day with breakfast and offering drink specials throughout the day, as is Bar Louie.
Dining Out and Staying In
Parades are not for everyone. If you’re in the mood for a more low-key celebration, swing by L’École Culinaire Friday for its Luck of Irish Open House and sample traditional Irish strew, biscuits and desserts, or make a reservation for breakfast at Summit. From 8 through 11 a.m., Chef Domhnall Molloy is serving up an Irish breakfast. If you’re dining out for lunch or dinner stop by Barrel 31 Saturday – Thursday for Executive Chef Eric Carter’s take on bangers and mash, which includes traditional Irish sausage, served with Guinness-braised onions and mushrooms over a bed of parsnip puree with a smoked pea cream. St. Patrick’s Day revelers can also enjoy Irish Car Bombs for $5 on Tuesday.
Feel like staying in? French Market is offering Irish classics with a French twist to go, including a corned beef sandwich, chicken Guinness pot pie, Irish pot-au-feu with lamb and potato leek soup, as well as individual Bailey’s Irish cream cheese cake. Orders must be placed by 6:30 p.m. on March 14 and can be picked up Monday or Tuesday.