KC’s American Royal Parade

By | October 8, 2012

From Sept. 6 to Nov. 17, the American Royal hosts dozens of diverse activities,

English: Power & Light District, Kansas City, ...

English: Power & Light District, Kansas City, Missouri (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

from races to dances. The event has a long history in Kansas City, reaching back more than a century. As happens each year, the American Royal festival starts off with the American Royal Parade, one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Officially honoring the area’s agricultural heritage, the parade also honors military heroes from the region. The Blair Stover blog helps you stay informed about things to do in Kansas City.

On the morning of Sept. 29, the parade begins at Pershing and Grand, wending north toward the Power & Light District. With more than 100 official entrants, the parade features Kansas City’s finest saddle clubs, drill teams, marching bands, and floats. This year’s parade begins with a flyover to honor the military. In all, about 1500 participants will comprise the parade itself as it works its way through many areas of Kansas City. Visit the Blair Stover site regularly to find out what is going on in KC.

The parade’s history actually goes back to Britain’s ancient royal livestock shows, where prizes were awarded to the biggest and best in each animal class. Because Kansas City was once the center of the U.S. livestock market, the American version of the British shows naturally grew up in the Greater Kansas City area, specifically in the old stockyards, which have now been closed for almost two decades. In any case, by 1899 the show that is now called the American Royal came to be, and our town was the focal point of the action.

For many visitors to the area, the American Royal parade is a unique chance to take in a bit of the area’s history. Blair Stover tells you everything you need to know about the entertainment scene in Greater Kansas City.

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