North Kansas City

Snake Saturday Festival & Parade

Snake Saturday Festival & Parade

March 10th

It’s time to PAINT THE TOWN GREEN for the 34th Annual Snake Saturday Parade and Festival!

This year’s theme is most appropriate considering how the parade began. Per one of the founders, Mickey Finn, “It all began as a promotion for Rodeway Inn, the parade, consisting of only three floats, was to take place entirely in the hotel parking lot, with most of the onlookers watching from inside the coffee shop.” Kansas City sports personality Bill Grigsby was one of the prime instigators and the then North Kansas City Mayor turned to them and said we might as well take it to the streets, and we did in 1985!

Snake Saturday is always held the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. but there have been events added over the years which are part of the entire Snake Saturday fun. The Grand Marshal Celebration kicks off Snake Saturday week on March 1 at Finnigan’s Hall. The Grand Marshal is announced, and the Shamrock Award is presented to an individual with long-term involvement of at least five years with Snake Saturday through time and/or money, either from the Boards, Committees, or Sponsorship.

Next up is Snake Saturday’s Lad and Lassie event on March 3rd at te new North Kansas City Parks and Recreation Center. Boys and girls, ages 2-4 compete for “Little Lad” or “Little Lassie” title and Ages 5-7 compete for “Lad” or “Lassie” title. The first-place boy and girl in each age group will ride in the Snake Saturday Parade on March 10. Every child who enters wins a “Bag of Irish Goodies” and a Snake Saturday Certificate!

Finally on March 9th we will hold the 22nd annual Charity Cook-Off. The Charity Cook–Off is held the Friday night before the parade. This is a fund raiser for various 501c3 organizations and all they must do is simply cook a provided a meat, to date a steak, which is then judged by an expert panel of Snake Saturday sponsors, officials, and North Kansas City celebrities. The overall winner receives $1,000 prize.

Finally, its Snake Saturday. North Kansas City awakes early on Snake Saturday, floats are arriving and staging for the 11 a.m. to kick off along Swift Avenue and lasts about 2 hours! You can expect the parade to have about 60 plus charity entries, six high school bands, and any number of gorgeous floats, which distinguishes this parade from other parades throughout the country. The festival area is for families to participate before, during, and after the parade with a carnival, children’s petting zoo, children’s stage show, the Clyde Ellis race car show provided by the Central Auto Racing Boosters, and various other activities.

Why is this parade and festival so special? Through the 2017 parade over $1.4 million has been given away! All this win-win effort can be traced to the sponsors and the Northland Festivals family friendly staff.

Snake Saturday is brought to you by The City of North Kansas City and North Kansas City Hospital, title sponsors of the parade and festivities. Several North Kansas City corporate sponsors have helped along the way, making this a true North Kansas City tradition, including NT Realty, NKC Beverage, Mid America Contractors, Steamatic, Paul and Jack’s, Donut King, Country Club Bank, the NKC Business Council and another gem in the Northland: Worlds of Fun.

For more information on all of the events and activities visit the event website,


Produced in cooperation with the Missouri Division of Tourism.