Wentworth Band Won First Place in the Band Division at the Parade
The 2014 parade, themed “The March of the Irish” was witnessed by several hundred thousand spectators celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
The Wentworth Military Academy and College band is directed by Captain Gary Love.
The Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade has become one of the largest parades in the country over the past couple of decades.
According to their website at www.kcirishparade.com, the parade originated in 1873 and grew dormant in the 1890s. In 1973 the parade was rejuvenated by a group of friends and billed “the world’s shortest and worst parade.” At that time, “the block and one half parade route led from the Continental Hotel back to Hogerty’s lounge, of course.”
The parade consisted of secretaries, businessmen and shoppers until 1977. “The presence of four floats, marching units from local Catholic High Schools, bag pipers and an extended route as well as television coverage lent the Parade a hint of credibility,” according to the website.
The Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is now approximately two miles in length and annually has up to 400,000 onlookers.