Why not kick off St. Patrick’s weekend by running in the MCBCA’s Whiskey Run 5K race? The race will be held first thing in the morning at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, March 15th, before the Irishpalooza St. Patrick’s Parade in Martin City, and already has over 250 people registered!
The 5K will be chip-timed, and you can register as an individual or as part of a team of 4 or more for a discount. The 5K will be followed by a fun run of 50-200 yards for kids ages 8 and under. All participants will get a race t-shirt, a glass mug and a FREE post-race brunch at RC’s Restaurant. Spectators are also encouraged to join the runners at RC’s for a specially priced breakfast buffet. The top male and female winners will have an opportunity to ride in the Martin City St. Patrick’s Parade following the race!
CLICK HERE for more information about the Whiskey Run 5K Race.
Thank you to our race sponsors for making the 5K Whiskey Run possible!
City of Kansas City Neighborhood & Tourism Development Funds
Martin City Community Improvement District
Intermark Management Services
Martin City Brewing Company
KC Running Company
Jameson Irish Whiskey
Sidelines Custom Floral Inc.
Stick around after the race for the
28th Annual ST. PATRICK’S PARADE and Irishpalooza festivities!
This year’s parade theme is “Go Green For Your Team” and YES! There is still time to enter! Several sponsorship opportunities are also available. The 2015 Parade is going to be full of excitement, starting with this year’s Grand Marshal, Frank White, a five-time All Star, eight-time winner of the Golden Glove Award, and former 2nd baseman for the Royals.
The slate of parade judges include John Holt, Co-Anchor for Fox 4 News, country music artist and a winner of The X Factor, Tate Stevens, and several local business supporters and celebrities.
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. Early line-up begins around 12pm.
We typically have over 65 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
RC’s Best in Show = Framed Certificate & Jess & Jim’s Gift Card
Don Harman Most Humorous Entry = Framed Certificate & Martin City Gift Card
The Prince & Princess Contest with gift baskets for the winners
Best Dressed Pet Contest with prizes awarded by Martin City Animal Hospital
*If you are interested in being in the parade, please contact Martin City’s Executive Director asap at 816-308-1023!
MORE FUN ACTIVITIES ON PARADE DAY:
Best Dressed Dog Contest: The Martin City Animal Hospital coordinates and emcees a Best Dressed Dog Contest annually. The contest begins at 11:30 a.m. in the event tent, 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.
After the parade, parade attendees often head down to RC’s Backdoor Restaurant & Bar, Jess & Jim’s Steakhouse, the Martin City Brewing Company, Martin City Pizza and Taproom, Margarita’s and Jack Stack BBQ for a warm meal and a few early St. Patrick’s day cocktails.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2015 PARADE SPONSORS!
Belfonte Car Wash
Central States Beverage
City of Kansas City, MO Neighborhood and Tourism Development Fund
Corner Brook Place Retirement Village
Irish Crystal Company
Jack Stack Barbecue
Jackson County Advocate
Jess & Jim’s Steakhouse
Martin City Community Improvement District (MCCID)
Martin City Sports Complex
My Kid’s Dentist
Rob Sight Ford
Sidelines Custom Floral
For more information about parade day events, visit the Irishpalooza parade website. For further information or specific questions about the race or the parade, please contact Martin City’s Executive Director at 816-308-1023.