Daniel Hogerty, saloon keeper (wearing the sandwich board), staged a small parade as a stunt to lure more patrons to his tavern, March 15, 1974. Photo courtesy Pat O'Neill Jr.
Saint Patrick's Day Parade
The third largest Saint Patrick's Day parade
in the nation takes place each March 17th in downtown Kansas
City, Missouri, a city built largely by Irish immigrants.
Although the 20th-century version of the parade was initiated
only in 1973, St. Patrick's Day Parade celebrations have a
long and proud tradition dating back to the 1800s. The
modern-day revival was dreamed up as a lark by Mike Murphy, a
Kansas City talk show host, p.r. man Pat O'Neill, and local
saloon keeper Dan Hogerty. Vowing never to let the Parade
succumb to respectability, Murphy staged such stunts as
painting a calf, several dogs and a goat green in 1976; he
declared that, as long as he had anything to do with it, the
Parade would remain "odd." Murphy appeared in a garbage truck
at the end of the parade to collect empty beer bottles, and,
leading an impromptu parade in 1974, Hogerty wore a sandwich
board which on his stomach said "Parade" and on his backside
said "End of Parade."
The year 2000 parade will mark Kansas City's 150
sesquicentennial. It will be led off by the Long Bagpiper (Jody
Watson), followed by color guards, bands, drill terams, floats of
all descriptions, and revelers of all sorts.
Originally submitted by: Karen McCarthy, Representative (5th District).
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