Police will start closing streets for the 44th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Thursday more than two hours before the parade starts.
The parade, which follows Broadway, begins at 11 a.m. but streets in the area will close as early as 8:15 a.m.
The parade starts at Linwood Boulevard and heads south to 43rd Street.
Streets that will close at 8:15 a.m. include Linwood from Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue and Broadway from 31st Street to Linwood.
At 9 a.m., Broadway will close from 31st to 47th streets, according to police. Police discourage drivers from crossing Broadway in that area after that time.
Cars parked in any of those areas must be moved before 4 a.m. Thursday.
Broadway will reopen at the conclusion of the parade, about 2 p.m.
To see the parade route, go to Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizer’s website.
Police asked people attending the parade to make sure they don’t leave valuables in plain sight in their vehicles.
Officers will patrol the parade route and surrounding areas. They will enforce open-container ordinances and issue citations for open consumption of alcohol. Police also will have a sobriety checkpoint on St. Patrick’s Day.
After the parade, police will dedicate officers to provide extra security in the Westport entertainment district.