As many likely know, St. Patrick’s Day tends to be a holiday for adults. Sure, kids are welcome to dress in green, attend parades and chow down on candy, but most of the celebrating tends to be left to the grownups. However, Kansas City hosts plenty of family-friendly events so that everyone can enjoy the holiday.
Parades are the most predominant pastime, with the Snake Saturday Parade kicking festivities off in North Kansas City the weekend before St. Paddy’s. The two-day tradition includes a cook-off, carnival and more kids’ activities, and has raised more than $1 million for charity in its 32-year history.
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Just south, Westport hosts an annual 4-mile run that many treat as a warmup before an Irish breakfast at one of the local establishments. Young ones can also get in on the fun by running the Little Shamrock Run, a 3-block dash through the neighborhood. And don’t forget about the day of, either. St. Patrick’s Day parades flood the streets in Midtown/Westport, Blue Springs, Leavenworth and Lawrence, just to name a few. Afterwards, drop by Browne’s Irish Marketplace, the oldest Irish-owned business in North America, for a bite of traditional fare. Or, if you’re up in Weston, visit Celtic Ranch for Irish clothing, jewelry, whiskey and more.