The 2022 parade was held Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 1pm. The wintery mix on originally scheduled date was jeopardized the event, so it was postponed one week and moved up an hour to avoid conflicts with other scheduled events. After two years of canceling the parade, we just couldn't bear the thought of canceling for a 3rd year. The parade was hosted by the Brookside Business Association and Community Improvement District and draw participants and spectators from around the metro. Organizations and businesses from our neighborhoods and across the metro signed this year with several new entries and some old favorites. Entries included bands, drill teams, Irish dancers, bagpipers, dogs of all shapes and sizes and event leprechauns made out of balloons. We hope to see everyone again March 11, 2023!
Congrats again to our 2022 parade winners!
Congratulations to our 2022 parade winners. With so many outstanding entries it was a tough choice as always.
- Grand Prize Winner - Up, Up & Away
- Best Use of Theme - LDK Lawn
- Brookside/KC Spirit Award - Driscoll Dancers
- Best Music - Marching Wildcats
Congrats again to Mbugua and Josephine Njoroge, the 2022 honorary Mr. & Mrs. Irish!
Each year, the Brookside Business Association selects representatives that have made significant contributions to the association and community and Mbugua and Josephine have done just that. Brookside residents for over 40 years, and Brookside merchants for over 20, Mbugua and Josephine are well known and very active in Brookside and across Kansas City. The owners of Mail Pkgs Etc at 6300 Main Street can be found in the store, serving together at the Waldo-Brookside Rotary Club, enjoying music on the patio at HJs Youth and Community Center, at Brookside merchant meetings, or involved in one of the many, many community organizations they serve, they’re sure to greet you with a smile. “We love Brookside. It’s community centered. You can walk to small businesses and the grocery store. Everything you need is right here.” And they share the same love for the parade. “It brings a real camaraderie - brings people together of all generations, from across the (KC) metro.” Learn more about Mbugua and Josephine, their unique experiences and history in Brookside here.