How to Enjoy the Chiefs Kingdom Champions Parade with Kids

The Kansas City Chiefs are the champions again and we’re excited to celebrate this great city on Wednesday for the victory parade!

The parade kicks off at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15 in downtown KC and will run approximately 1.5 hours. The parade route starts at 6th and Grand and will proceed south on Grand and turning west on Pershing Road, ending at Union Station where the Chiefs Kingdom Champions Rally will take place beginning at approximately 1:45 p.m. and will last about an hour. Read on for tips for families on how to enjoy Chiefs Kingdom, make the best memories, and stay safe!

Getting to the Parade

  • Public transit. In response to Mayor Quinton Lucas’ tweet regarding the parade, RideKC responded “We love a parade! We’ll drive!”  Ride KC is offering limited but free, roundtrip shuttles leaving from several locations across the metro including spots in Oak Park Mall, Worlds of Fun, Swope Park/Zoo and more. There are also adjustments to the streetcar services that day. Mom tip: be prepared for long waits – what a great way to teach patience!
  • Be prepared to walk. If you do decide to drive towards the route understand that you will be walking a bit of a distance. With road closures and crowds, parking isn’t always easy to come by. If you see a parking spot, don’t hesitate to take it. You’ll find some organizations like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will be hosting parking so bring cash to pay for parking when you come across these lots.

During the Parade

  • Set realistic expectations. You’re there to tell your grandkids you were there. You might not be able to see everything, but you’re experiencing Chiefs Kingdom with one million of your best friends.
  • Sign up for text alerts. ALERTKC is keeping you in the know with parade notifications. Text KCPARADE to 888-777 for the most updated information on transit, public safety and more.
  • Be prepared for port-a-potties. in the past 700 port-a-potties were available for one million and counting people. If you have a potty training kid, consider a one-day return to pull-ups and pack some hand sanitizer.
  • Bring blankets or carpet squares to stand on. Little bums and feet on cold concrete won’t last long! If you can handle it, bring a chair. It’s a lot of time standing.
  • Bring snacks and water, and bring more than you think you’ll need. There will be street vendors but you don’t want to lose your spot searching for food and lines could be heavy. You will probably be gone longer than you anticipate!
  • Bring cash. With hard to get service in the area, Square payment options could be down.
  • No crossing the street. For security purposes, parade goers are not allowed to cross the street except in designated locations. Keep that in mind when you decide where you want to view the parade.
  • Have an air-tight exit plan, and stick to it. You might not be able to connect with your peeps through cell phones.
  • Navigate the crowds. If you have littles and want to avoid the biggest crowds steer clear of the most congested parts of the parade route; near Power & Light and Union Station.
  • Embrace the chaos. Anytime you gather a million+ of your closest friends to celebrate a big win, things will always be a little chaotic. Going into it with the right mindset will help you enjoy the day more.

Safety

  • Write your name and a phone number of a trusted adult who is NOT at the parade on your kids’ arms for easy identification should you get separated. If cell service doesn’t work, it’s nice to have someone to call who is likely to be reached.
  • Make a solid plan if you get separated that does not involve a cell phone. During past victory parades cell service was down due to congestion.
  • Familiarize yourself with the map – lost child centers, bathrooms etc. Print a copy to take with you.
  • Take a picture of everyone you are with so that if you get separated, you can remember what they were wearing.
  • There will be seven reunification locations where families can reunite with lost children. More than 100 children were separated from their parents during the last big parade!
  • Emergency personnel will be wearing bright green. Flags will be posted so those calling 911 can help identify their location.

Enjoying the Rally

  • The rally begins at 1:45 p.m. on the stage in front of Union Station. There will be NO public access to Union Station.
  • Purchase tickets now to the WWI Museum for the Chiefs Kingdom Champions Rally. While admission to the rally is free tickets to the WWI Museum will give you access to restrooms, the Museum Café, the Museum store and exhibitions. Tickets are $10 and children 5 and under are free.
  • To avoid the biggest congestion at the Rally stake out a spot further up the hill.
  • Fans can watch from the north lawn of the National WWI Museum and Memorial. In the past, the roads around the area were closed, which included: Kessler Rd., Main St., Memorial Drive, Pershing Rd. and Wyandotte St.

How to Enjoy it All With a Guaranteed Parking Spot

  • The Chiefs Kingdom Parade will air live on KSHB 41 as well as a live stream on kshb.com. Their coverage starts at 4:30 a.m. if you’re up for an early feeding.
  • The family friendly Red Crow Brewing is hosting a watch party at their location in Olathe. Enjoy beer, mimosas and food while watching the parade on tv!
  • Looking to run off some championship energy? Wear your Chiefs gear to Rainbow of the Heartland KC on Wednesday for half-price admission for open play on parade day.
  • Host your own watch party. With many districts canceling school on Wednesday, host your own watch party at home. Whether you keep it small with just your family or invite over the neighbors, all of Kansas City deserves a bit of jubilation on Wednesday.

Kansas City! Let’s Celebrate!

Born in Kansas City, Jamie spent age 8-18 in Columbia, MO yet always considered KC to be home. Jamie returned to KC after high school to attend Avila University, where she earned her degree in Communication. After residing in South KC, Raymore, the Plaza, River Market and Overland Park, Jamie is now a proud (and permanent) resident of Lenexa. Jamie is wife to her love, Andy, and mom to the dream team; Lucy (12), Quinn (10) and Hazel (6). Jamie is the Events Director for Kansas City Mom Collective and loves creating fun and exciting ways to gather as a community, especially if a theme is involved! Jamie loves a good coffee shop, is a self-diagnosed Fall-aholic, is a Peloton newbie, is a proud member of “The Read That Society” (a book club full of close friends that just celebrated its 13th anniversary), is an internet-ordained minister, she loves blasting Paul McCartney out of the minivan windows and is a sucker for a good home decor store.

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