St. Patrick’s Day Parade: MCC traffic and parking message

In order to ensure Metropolitan Community College students, employees and college patrons have a safe St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 17, a traffic and parking message from the MCC Police Department follows.

There are some changes from previous years as the parade is taking place on a Saturday, so please read carefully.

The 46th Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade flows on Broadway right by the MCC Administrative Center, the MCC offices at Broadway Plaza and the MCC-Penn Valley Health Science Institute. Also parade staging will be immediately next to the MCC-Penn Valley campus.

Staging of the parade on March 17 will begin at about 8:30 a.m. along Broadway from 31st to 33rd Streets and between Pennsylvania and Main Street on 33rd St. (Linwood Boulevard). The staging area will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until the end of the parade at approximately 1:30 p.m.

The parade itself will begin at 11 a.m. at the corner of 33rd (Linwood Boulevard) and Broadway and proceed South on Broadway to 43rd St for disbursement. Those streets will be closed beginning at 10:30 a.m. until the last float exits 43rd and Broadway. During the parade itself no traffic will be allowed on the route other than police, parade staff and emergency vehicles.

MCC Parking changes

All flattop parking lots associated with the MCC-Penn Valley campus have been contracted by parade organizers and will be utilized by public patrons for a fee. Parking attendants will not charge parking space rental to MCC employees and students who present a valid MCC picture ID. The Administrative Center, MCC-Penn Valley Lot D and Health Science Institute garages are closed to all traffic, including both the public and MCC employees and students. Barricades will be in place at the MCC areas where parking is prohibited during the parade.

Students and employees who park at the college, but who have not already done so, are strongly encouraged to immediately obtain a parking decal and affix it to their car. Parking decals can be obtained at no cost from the MCC-Penn Valley campus police office in CC102.

MCC is excited to have an entry in this year’s parade. Look for college leadership in the trail of cars, floats and bands as Kansas City celebrates with the theme of “The Pipes are Calling: A Celebration of Irish Music.” We also will have a table set up outside of the Administrative Center. Stop by and say hello!