By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
It is weeks, even months in the making. St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Kansas City take more than just the luck of the Irish.
The metro went green Sunday as tens of thousands of local residents took part in Kansas City's 41st annual St. Patrick's Day parade.
"It is such a family oriented event. Everyone just enjoys the time watching the parade go by. It's just a great time for Kansas City as a whole," John Kane said.
Kane, the parade's honorary Irishman of the Year, has a long past with Kansas City's St. Patrick's Day parade.
"Matter of fact, my father and a guy named Bob Regan were in the first parade when they started at the old Italian Gardens and walked one block to Hagerty's to get their first beer," Kane said.
Forty parades later, it is a tradition even a little Irish weather couldn't stop.
"I had to walk back to the car to get the blankets, but we do it every year, and we'll be here next year regardless of the weather," Kansas City resident Dennis Riley said.
Parade co-chairs Sharon Bundy and Anne McKeown led hundreds of volunteers to put on a full day of festivities. The parade also acts a fundraiser for Harvesters.
"It's really important. This time of year, a lot of times in the pantries the supply gets low. This is a food way to partner with schools, Irish organizations and have a completion for the food drive to stock the shelves for Harvesters," Bundy said.
And it wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without a feast.
"We gather every year, as a family, neighbors, friends, we all gather at my father's house, corned beef, cabbage, of course a few Guinness then one big Irish toast," Kane said.
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