Snake Saturday celebrates Irish heritage while raising green - KCTV5

Snake Saturday celebrates Irish heritage while raising green

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NORTH KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Thousands celebrated St. Patrick's Day weekend by enjoying Snake Saturday in North Kansas City.

Snake Saturday began in 1983 with a small gathering in the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn. By the next year, it had launched as a family friendly parade and festival.

"We want to focus on kids and family," said Snake Saturday organizer Mindy Hart. "There's no alcohol in the parade or festival areas. This one is family-fun oriented."

That atmosphere draws repeat visitors. Watching the floats and getting dressed up are among the reasons that it's so popular.

"We come every year," said Samantha Martin. "We really get into it. The kids have fun."

Hundreds of volunteers help make it a success, and the planning for next year's event will start next week.

Hart said more than $1 million has been raised for charity in almost three decades.

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