One of the great joys of going to a parade as a kid is to get to sit on the curb of a big street and watch horse-back riders, floats and marching bands pass by with the beat of drums reverberating in one’s little chest.
Adults get the same thrill from taking kids to enjoy the experience of waiting, and then watching a parade march toward them, getting louder as it draws near. Horns blare with kids holding their ears when the music is right in front of the excited and screaming children, and then the noise trails off as the parade marches into the distance.
So plans for the American Royal Parade to leave downtown, ending a 90-year tradition, to march around Kauffman Stadium is a big downer. The parade on Oct. 3 will be coupled with the American Royal’s World Series of Barbecue, which also is moving to the Truman Sports Complex from the West Bottoms near Kemper Arena.
Organizers said people will be able watch the parade from the parking lot by the stadium, the streets around Kauffman Stadium and the plaza in front of the ballpark. The parade that Saturday morning is to be a draw for a daylong Cowtown Family Fun Fest, The Kansas City Star reports.
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Former Chiefs and Royals players, a petting zoo, pony rides and bounce houses are part of the attractions. There will be an entrance fee, but parking and watching the parade are free. This is marketing.
It all sounds very nice. But it is not the same as having the parade downtown.