St. Patrick’s Parade

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

2016 will mark the 29th year of the Martin City St. Patrick’s Parade!

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THEME: “Shamrocks and Ewoks”

The 2016 Parade will be full of excitement! This year’s Grand Marshals are Scott Parks and Dana Wright, from KMBZ news.


Our emcee is John Holt, Co-Anchor for Fox 4 News and the slate of parade judges includes Dr. Ginger Stivers – owner of South KC Dental Center, Thomas Bies – owner of Premier Mazda, Katie Van Luchene- Marketing, PR and copywriting at KVL Communications, and KCMO Councilman Kevin McManus.

Parade Facts:

  • Judges STRONGLY encourage decorating to the theme – “Shamrocks and Ewoks”
  • Pre-parade meeting is held one week before the parade.
  • No candy may be thrown from floats

The parade begins at 2:00 p.m. departing from the State Line Point Shopping Center parking lot at Washington Street and 135th Street, proceeding east across 135th Street to Holmes Road, turns north on Holmes to Blue Ridge, and disbands at Blue Ridge. Early line-up begins around 12pm.

Martin City Parade Route Map 2016

The parade typically has over 35 entries – a great mix of floats, family entries, drill teams, auto clubs, motorcycle groups, dignitary cars, walking groups and many animal groups. The parade ends at around 3:30 p.m.

Parade Entry Cash Prizes:

1.) Overall best parade entry = $600
2.) Overall best second place parade entry = $300
3.) Overall best third place parade entry = $100

Other Prizes:

  • 1st Place Winner receives a free entry to the Downtown KCMO St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th
  • RC’s Best in Show = Framed Certificate & Jess & Jim’s Gift Card
  • Don Harman Most Humorous Entry = Framed Certificate & Martin City Gift Card
  • Winners of the Prince & Princess Contest receive a custom gift basket and get to ride in the Irishpalooza parade
  • Best Dressed Pet Contest winners receive a special prize awarded by Martin City Animal Hospital and also ride in the Irishpalooza parade.

2016 Parade forms:

How to submit an entry for the parade – Forms may be downloaded from the Irishpalooza Parade website.

**No walk-in registrations day of parade; all entries must be pre-registered**



Whiskey Run 5K Race

Starts at 8:30 a.m. If you are interested in the Whiskey Race, click here for more info and to register.

whiskey run 5k

Best Dressed Dog Contest

The Martin City Animal Hospital coordinates and emcees a Best Dressed Dog Contest annually at 11:30 a.m., with the canine winners and owners from 1st, 2nd & 3rd places also riding in the parade and receiving gifts.


Prince & Princess Contest

Sponsored by The Gerber Insurance Group, Commerce Bank, and Martin City School K-8. Starts at 12:30 p.m. in the event tent. Children ages two to seven entered with the winners judged prior to the parade and riding in the parade as royal dignitaries. The Prince & Princess both received gift baskets. All participants received a gift bag just for entering.

irishpalooza prince and princess

After the parade, many attendees went down to RCs Backdoor Restaurant & Bar, Jess & Jims Steakhouse, the Martin City Brewing Company, Martin City Pizza and Taproom, and Jack Stack BBQ for a meal and more festivities.


All Seasons Event Rental
Central States Beverage
City of Kansas City, MO Neighborhood and Tourism Development Fund
Coffee News
Commerce Bank
Eagle Gymnastics
George’s Import
Hangers Cleaners
Heartland Services, Inc.
Irish Crystal Company
Jack Stack Barbecue
Jackson County Advocate
Jameson Irish Whiskey
Jess & Jim’s Steakhouse
KC Running Company
Martin City Animal Hospital
Martin City Brewing Company
Martin City Community Improvement District (MCCID)
Midwest Heating Cooling and Plumbing
MMC Contractors
Premier Mazda
RC’s Restaurant
Rob Sight Ford
Rosehill Gardens
Sidelines Custom Floral
Smithfield Foods
South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Suburban Lawn and Garden
The Gerber Insurance Group
U.S. Foods
U S Toy, Constructive Playthings
Volleyball Beach


CLICK HERE for information on sponsorship


For more information about this year’s parade, please visit the Irishpalooza website, or contact Missy Wilson, the MCCID’s Executive Director, at 816-308-1023 or