The 44th annual Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade isn’t the only show in town Thursday, March 17.
The parade, which will start at 11 a.m. at Linwood and Broadway, will attract thousands of partiers to midtown. But celebrants who want to avoid the big crowds on Broadway will have plenty of other options. Among them:
▪ Attend a smaller parade in Lawrence or Leavenworth.
▪ Listen to bagpipers at Paddy O’Quigley’s and O’Neill’s.
▪ Enjoy car bomb pancakes with Guinness-infused syrup at Rhythm & Booze.
▪ Take in a burlesque and variety Show at Squirrely’s.
▪ Visit the Power & Light District, where a free concert will feature X Ambassadors.
▪ Watch the NCAA basketball tournament while drinking green beer.
Parades and festivals
Blue Springs “Shortest and Smallest” St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Details: 9 a.m. March 17. Begins at 1112 W. Main and goes across street.
Info: Downtown Blue Springs; bluespringschamber.com
Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Details: 11 a.m. March 17. With theme of “Blarney on Broadway,” 44th annual parade will go down Broadway from Linwood to 43rd.
Info: Midtown; kcirishparade.com
Leavenworth St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Details: Noon March 17. Food drive will be held in conjunction with parade.
Info: Fourth and Walnut, Leavenworth; lvirish.com, 913-682-4113
Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Details: 1 p.m. March 17. Route goes through downtown business district.
Info: 11th and Massachusetts, Lawrence; lawrencestpatricksdayparade.com
O’Dowd’s Little Dublin
Details: Irish breakfast, 7-10:30 a.m. March 17
Info: 4742 Pennsylvania; odowdslittledublin.com, 816-561-2700
Rhythm & Booze
Details: St. Patty’s Day featuring Car Bomb Pancakes with Guinness-infused syrup, 7 a.m. March 17; $5
Info: 423 Southwest Blvd.; eventbrite.com, 816-221-2669
Details: St. Patrick’s Day brunch buffet, 8-11 a.m. March 17; Fireball and Jameson shots on special all day.
Info: Kansas City Power & Light District, 170 E. 14th; thedublinerkc.com, 816-268-4700
Details: Opens at 9 a.m. for breakfast; DJ all day, Irish dancers and bagpipers in afternoon.
Info: 9417 Mission, Leawood; kconeills.com, 913-648-4900
Details: Breakfast at 9 a.m., DJ all day, Irish dancers and bagpipers in afternoon, March 17.
Info: 5317 W. 151st, Leawood; paddyoquigleys.com, 913-601-3511
Uptown Arts Bar
Details: Opens at 9 a.m. March 17; $5 continental breakfast and Jameson on special.
Info: 3611 Broadway; uptownartsbar.com, 816-960-4611
Details: Irish breakfast, live music and more. Opens at 9 a.m. March 17; $5-$10 (includes entrance to Lew’s Grill & Bar and Charlie Hooper’s).
Info: 7421 Broadway; waldowell.com, 816-361-1700
Kelly’s Westport Inn
Details: Opens at 10 a.m. March 17; cover is $5.
Info: 500 Westport; kellyswestportinn.com, 816-561-5800
Details: St. Patrick’s Day Party; doors open at 11 a.m. March 17.
Info: 1715 Main; ruinspubkc.com, 816-599-6667
Details: Live music and Irish menu, noon-midnight March 17.
Info: 500 Welt; westonirish.com/OMALLEYS.html, 816-640-5235
Howl at the Moon
Details: St. Patrick’s Day Bash, 4 p.m. March 17.
Info: Kansas City Power & Light District, 1334 Grand; howlatthemoon.com/kansas-city, 816-471-4695
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
Details: Five-course St. Patrick’s Day menu, 4 p.m. March 17; $60.
Info: 4814 Roanoke Parkway; jaxfishhouse.com/kansas-city, 816-437-7940
Power & Light District
Details: X Ambassadors with Seinabo Sey and Powers St. Patrick’s concert, 5 p.m. March 17; free.
Info: 14th and Walnut; powerandlightdistrict.com
Circle S Ranch & Country Inn
Details: St. Patrick’s Day Wine Tasting; 6:30 p.m. March 17; $37.92.
Info: 3325 Circle S Lane, Lawrence; circlesranch.com, 785-843-4124
Details: Shamrock ’n’ Roll Burlesque & Variety Show, 10 p.m. March 17; $9.
Info: 4545 N. Brighton; eventbrite.com, 816-413-8878
Details: Irish menu includes corned beer, Irish nachos and reuben casserole, March 17.
Info: 7425 Broadway; tannersbarandgrill.com, 816-822-7525
Details: St. Pat’s Shamrock ’N’ Roll Party, March 17 and March 19.
Info: 101 E. 14th. barlouie.com, 816-841-9100
Other bars and restaurants
Conroy’s Public House
Info: 5285 W. 95th, Overland Park; conroysop.com, 913-648-2244
The Irish Pub House
Info: 6332 Raytown Road, Raytown; 816-353-5700
McCoy’s Public House
Info: 4057 Pennsylvania; mccoyskc.com, 816-960-0866
Info: Power & Light District, 1330 Grand; mcfaddenskc.com, 816-471-1330
Mike Kelly’s Westsider
Info: 1515 Westport; mikekellyswestsider.com, 816-931-9417
Three places to check out
Info: 404 Main, Weston; celticranch.com, 816-640-2881
Kansas City Irish Center
Info: Drexel Hall, 15 W. Linwood; irishcenterkc.org, 816-474-3848
Sheehan’s Irish Imports
Info: 410 E. Gregory; sheehansirish.com, 816-561-4480
Dan Kelly, email@example.com and Megan Lewis, special to Ink