Thursday, February 23, 2012

Martin City Prepares for the 25th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Martin City Business & Community Association (MCBCA) is gearing up for the 25th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Sunday March 11, 2012. This year’s theme is “25 Years of Goin’ Green”.  All parade entries may feel free to decorate with green, green, green.

Gary Lezak, Chief Meteorologist at KSHB, NBC ACTION NEWS is the official Grand Marshall  and will kick the parade off at 2:00 pm.

Activities preceding the parade begin at 11:00 a.m. and will include an Entertainment Area at 135th St. & Oak in heart of Martin City.  Faulkner Ranch will set up their popular Kiddie Korral showcasing the ranch ponies, the traveling Petting Farm filled with Barnyard Friends, a Western Props Cow Milking Contest and 4 Rockin’ Ropers. A Pigment Pie Face Painting tent will be strategically set up right outside of the Kiddie Korral entrance.  This is some of the most face beautiful painting you will ever see.

A Prince & Princess Contest will be held for children ages two to seven with the winners judged prior to the parade and riding in the parade as royal dignitaries.  The Prince & Princess will both receive gift baskets including a $50 Savings Bond.  All participants will receive a gift bag for just entering.
Land of Paws will coordinate a Best Dressed Dog Contest with the canine winner and owner also participating in the parade and receiving gifts.  The Martin City Animal Hospital tent will provide water and treats for all dogs.

Food and beverage stations will include the Boy Scouts Hot Dog & Refreshment Stand, and Martin City’s own Pizza Shoppe.  Also featured are R’s Funnel Cakes, and the MC Business Association Information Tent including MCBCA St. Patrick bead sales – 3 for $1.00!  There will also be roving bead sales persons throughout the afternoon.

This annual parade, called Kansas City’s “biggest little fun parade” consistently draws over 20,000 attendees who come to enjoy the IRISHPALOOZA festivities. They arrive early, line the streets with their folding chairs and await the fun.

The parade will begin at 2:00 p.m. departing from the State Line Point Shopping Center parking lot at Washington St. & 135th St.  The parade will proceed east across 135th Street to Holmes Road. The parade typically has 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.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Overall best parade entry = $600; Overall second place entry = $300; Overall third place entry = $100; Best Smart Car Cash Awards 1st Place = $100, 2nd Place $50 and 3rd Place $25. 
Other prizes include a RC’s Best of Show trophy with Jess & Jim’s Gift Card, and the Don Harmon Most Humorous Entry receiving Martin City gift cards.
Capping off the day, many of the parade attendees will mosey on down to RC’s Backdoor Restaurant & Bar, Jess & Jim’s Steakhouse, the Martin City Brewing Company and Jack Stack BBQ for a meal and more festivities.

All information on the parade and events that precede and follow it is available on the parade website, www.irishpalooza.com

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