Kansas City Celebrates Its Heritage

Eileen Ivers was one of many musicians participating in the Kansas City celebration.

By Irish America Staff
October / November 2004

The Celtic heritage of Kansas City runs deep, as immigrants from Ireland were first brought to the new city in the late 1850s to dig streets through the river bluffs and to work on the railroads and in the stockyards and packing houses. Indeed, Kansas City to this day boasts one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country.

To celebrate its heritage Kansas City hosted its popular parade of Irish musicians, dancers, and exhibits at the 2nd annual KC Irish Fest over Labor Day weekend. The festival, on September 3-5, featured over 20 local, national, and international bands, playing traditional music and Celtic rock on three stages, plus award-winning Irish dancers, heritage displays, ethnic food, and children’s activities. ♦

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