• Irish Breakfast: 8-11 a.m. at Mingle, 209 S.E. Main St.
• Bits O’ Gold Coin Hunt for Kids: 10:30 a.m. in Howard Station Park
• Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Noon in Downtown Lee’s Summit
Join Downtown Lee’s Summit in celebrating all things Irish. The eighth annual Emerald Isle Parade begins at noon March 16, in Downtown Lee’s Summit. The main parade route is on Green, Third and S.E. Main streets. This is the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, and this year’s theme is “Lucky 2013.”
This year’s Grand Marshal, Susan Coffman, was chosen for her civic engagement; she recently was selected as the 2012 Citizen of the Year for the City of Lee’s Summit. Susan volunteers for a variety of organizations, including Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, and works for Lee’s Summit CARES. Accompanying Susan in the parade are Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson impersonators, who will star in the Forever Kings concerts on March 15 and 16 to benefit Lee’s Summit CARES. Elvis is Lee’s Summit’s own Matt Lewis, who has a highly successful Las Vegas show as Elvis.
Back for its second year is the Traditional Irish Breakfast, which takes place the morning of the parade from 8 to 11 a.m. at Mingle, 209 S.E. Main St. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and younger, if purchased in advance by calling 816-246-6598. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Advanced tickets are recommended.
A Bits O’ Gold Coin Hunt takes place at 10:30 a.m. in Howard Station Park on S.E. Main Street. Children eight and younger may participate. No registration is necessary. Prizes will be awarded.
Downtown businesses will be open as they celebrate and showcase spring decor.
The Emerald Isle Parade is sponsored by Bank of Lee’s Summit and the Lee’s Summit Journal.
5K Run to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters at 7:30 a.m.: New this year, a 5K run called The Strip Run begins at 7:30 a.m. the morning of the parade. Runners are encouraged to wear extra clothing they are willing to donate, and wear them to the race. Runners will stop at “Strip Stations” during the race to take off items of clothing one at a time to donate to charity.
Head Shave for Hope House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Highest bidders will get to shave the head of local police, firefighters, elected officials and other local celebrities. Items are also up for bid in a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Hope House. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the head shaving beginning at 2 p.m., at the Fire Fighters Union Hall, 322 S.E. Douglas St., in Downtown Lee’s Summit.
Emerald Isle Pub Crawl at 1 p.m.: Hosted by Downtown Lee’s Summit bars and restaurants, the Emerald Isle Pub Crawl will take place immediately following the parade. To purchase an Emerald Isle Pub Crawl T-shirt or for more information, visit any Downtown Lee’s Summit restaurant or bar.