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Congratulations to the 2024 parade award winners!

Each year a panel of esteemed judges is selected to designate award winners in the Brookside St. Patrick's Warm-Up Parade. With all the amazing entries in the parade each year, judges have the challenging task of selecting winners in four categories.

  1. Best of Theme - The 2024 theme was “March Magic.” Entries were encouraged to decorate and use the theme. This award winner conveys the Magic better than anyone else
  2. Spirit Award - Although decorations, synchronization, and style count, this one is all about the enthusiasm that spills over and really puts a smile on your face
  3. Best Music - This award encompasses marching bands, dance teams, drumlines, bagpipes, and more. Brookside is fortunate to have so many great musical acts, but this is for the one stood out above the others
  4. Grand Prize - This award is for the entry that stood out above the rest. Whether it was their performance, decorations, theme, coordination, music, pumping up the crowd, or all the above

Special thanks to this year's judges! In order from left to right

  • Patti Mansur, Director of Communications & Health Policy, REACH Healthcare Foundation
  • Stacia Deckard, Principal, Border Star Montessori
  • Major Marisa Barnes, Commander, KCPD Metro Patrol

And the winners are...

Best of Theme - Livers Bronze and their Magic (and Irish) School Bus!

Spirit Award - Pokey's Dive Bar (accompanied by the very spirited Gumby and Pokey)!

Best Music - Dowds Irish Dance Academy. (these girls danced their heart out and the Irish music was infectious)

Drum roll please...

And the Grand Prize Goes to...

The Ethnic Enrichment Commission! With representation from around the world, the Ethnic Enrichment Commission channeled some Irish spirit and entertained the crowd with beautiful flags, an alpenhorn, a dancing mascot, elaborate costumes and so much more!

Congratulations and thank you to all our 2024 participants!