NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The 2014 Snake Saturday Parade and Festival started Saturday morning with thousands of children and adults decked out in green and ready to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the family-friendly St. Patrick's Day event.
This year's theme was “Miles and Miles of Irish Smiles.”
Snake Saturday is the largest Irish Festival in the area, with near 100,000 participants in the two-day event. Snake Saturday begins on Friday evening with the opening of the carnival area and the Annual Charity Cook-off. The event continues on Saturday with the addition of food vendors, a free children's area, and children's stage after the parade.
Susan Vollenweider is from Smithville and brought her two children and parents to Snake Saturday for the second time this year.
"We just like the family atmosphere and it’s a great parade a lot of fun. The food is great. The festival's great. The kids love it." Vollenweider said.
Snake Saturday is held on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day in the heart of downtown North Kansas City.