The ninth annual Emerald Isle Parade is set for noon March 15 in downtown Lee’s Summit.
The parade begins at Lee’s Summit High School from the corner of 8th and Browning Streets, then merges onto Green Street, heading north. From Green Street, it heads west on Third Street, then north onto S.E. Main Street.
The theme of this year’s parade is “Puttin’ on the Green” (think “Puttin’ on the Ritz”) and the Grand Marshal is recently-retired Lee’s Summit Police Chief Joe Piccinini.
Back for its third 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 advanced by calling 816-246-6598. Tickets purchased at the door are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 10 and younger. Advanced tickets are recommended.
Children ages 8 and younger can hunt for “gold coins” at 11 a.m. the morning of the parade in Howard Station Park on S.E. Main Street. No registration or fee is necessary. Prizes will be awarded.
New this year, Grains & Taps is hosting the Blarney Brew off, which consists of two competitions, the BJCP Sanctioned Competition and a People’s Choice Tasting Festival. The competition is open to all home-brewers who brew their entries on their home equipment. The cost is $6 per entry. Beer tastings will be available from 11 a.m. to noon (while supplies last) on Mingle’s back patio. Tasting glasses cost $5 and are available to ages 21 and older. To enter a brew or buy tasting glasses call Grains & Taps at 816-866-5827.
In conjunction with the Emerald Isle Parade, other organizations and businesses are hosting additional events in Downtown Lee’s Summit, including:
EMERALD ISLE PUB CRAWL:
Hosted by Downtown Lee’s Summit bars and restaurants, the annual Emerald Isle Pub Crawl will take place immediately following the parade. For additional information, or to purchase a pub crawl t-shirt in advance, visit any of the Downtown restaurants or bars.
HEAD SHAVE FOR HOPE HOUSE
: Highest bidders will get to shave the head of local police, fire fighters, elected officials and other local dignitaries during the 6th annual Head Shave for Hope House, organized by Nick Swearngin of John’s Barber Shop. Items also are 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.