Tonganoxie St. Patrick's Day Parade to have different start time this year

Event will start at 11 a.m. March 12 in hopes of keeping more visitors downtown for lunch

February 23, 2016

Irish eyes will be smiling a little bit later at this year’s Tonganoxie St. Patrick’s Parade.

This year’s parade will start at 11 a.m. instead of the regular 10 a.m. start time.

Organizers from Entrepreneurs Achieving Success Together made the time change so parade-goers could dine on Irish-themed lunches and beverages right after the parade festivities.

The annual PEO corned beef and hash meal will be at the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church, while Flashbacks Cafe will have a reuben sandwich special. Talette’s Cafe also will feature corned beef and hash.

And the Myers Hotel Bar will have Irish coffee, Bailey’s and green beer.

Prizes will be awarded at the judges’ stand after the parade. There will be a $150 grand prize for the best overall float, $25 gift card for best girls youth entry and $25 gift card for best boys youth entry.

Starting last year, a traveling grand prize trophy was initiated. The traveling trophy — a gold-painted paintbrush on a plaque — will be presented to the new winner.

The “trophy” is a lighthearted take on the tradition of painting a green stripe down Fourth Street in advance of the parade.

T-shirts for the event are being sold at The Downtown Drugstore.

For an entry form, contact Rachel Kelly at 913-845-8780 or email

The late John McCaffrey is credited with organizing the first Tonganoxie St. Patrick’s Parade in the late 1980s and was involved with many more. A barber in Tonganoxie for 46 years, McCaffrey died in 2002. The parade has taken place in some form every year since that first parade in the 1980s.

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