Snake Saturday event still needs volunteers

03/04/2013 3:09 PM

05/16/2014 9:21 PM

Volunteers remain welcome to assist during the annual Snake Saturday Parade and Festival, scheduled for Saturday, March 16, in North Kansas City.

While the deadline has passed for registering for events such as the parade and barbecue cook off, coordinators are still looking for volunteers to help activities run smoothly, said Mindy Hart, event spokeswoman.

Those interested can go to the Snake Saturday website, www.snakesaturday.com, and click on “Get Involved”

Hart also emphasized the philanthropic focus of the event, during which many area nonprofits participating in the parade or cook-off often receive prize money that is invested in their charitable efforts.

“There is just a huge heart in North Kansas City and the surrounding area to make sure the charities have the opportunities to accentuate their grant money,” Hart said.

This is the 29th year for the parade, which sometimes has drawn more than 100,000 residents and visitors to Armour Road and Swift Street to watch the parade and then visit the nearby festival area.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at 14th and Swift streets.

The accompanying festival will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and also will include a car show and children’s area.

Residents trace the history of the event to 1983, when a small parade was held on a cold morning as a promotion for Rodeway Inn.

The parade consisted of four floats driving through the motel’s parking lot while guests looked on from their rooms and the coffee shop.

Every year since, the parade has been organized for the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day regardless of the weather.

Organizers long have invited area non-profits to build floats and compete for prize money. In recent years parade and festival organizers have awarded prizes to 50 to 100 area charities that participate.

The parade’s grand marshal is scheduled to be announced Thursday at the annual Grand Marshal Celebration at Finnegan’s Hall, 503 E. 18th Ave., in North Kansas City.

The annual Lad and Lassie contests begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at North Kansas City Community Center, 1999 Iron St.. and the annual Charity Cook Off begins at 6 p.m. March 15 at 18th Avenue and Fayette Street, across the parking lot from North Kansas City Bowl.

The theme for this year’s parade is “Irish Roots & Cowboy Boots.”

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