How to Enjoy the Chiefs Kingdom Victory Parade with Kids

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

Th parade kicks off at 11:30 a.m. in downtown KC. It will start at Grand Boulevard and 6th Street and head south to Pershing Road, where it will turn right and end at Union Station. Read on for tips for families on how to enjoy Chiefs Kingdom, make the best memories, and stay safe!

Getting to the Parade

  • RideKC is offering free rides, beginning at 6 a.m. Bus service will be limited but free, roundtrip shuttles will leave from several locations across the Metro. Be prepared for long waits – what a great way to teach patience!
  • Don’t try to park. Unless you’re prepared to walk a long way and be delayed to get home until bedtime!

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.
  • There are 700 port-a-potties available for one million and counting people. If you have a potty training kid, consider a one-day return to pull-ups.
  • Bring blankets or carpet squares to stand on. Little bums and feet on cold concrete won’t last long!
  • 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.
  • Have an air-tight exit plan, and stick to it. You might not be able to connect with your peeps through cell phones.

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 the World Series parade in 2015, cell service was down due to congestion.
  • Familiarize yourself with the map – lost child centers, bathrooms etc.
  • Take a picture of everyone you are with so if you get separated, you can remember what they were wearing.
  • There will be six 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 1:30 p.m. on the stage in front of Union Station. There will be NO public access to Union Station.
  • Fans can watch from the north lawn of the National WWI Museum and Memorial. The roads around the area will be closed, which includes: 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-TV 41 Action News as well as a live stream on kshb.com
  • Stop by Paradise Park in Lee’s Summit for their Official Watch Party and Mini Chiefs Parade
  • Resurrection – Overland Park will host a Parade Watch Party! Doors will open at 11:15 a.m. and will be open until 1:30 p.m. Pizza will be provided for lunch and door prizes will be handed out throughout the afternoon! All ages are welcome with parent/guardian supervision!
  • Connection Point Church in Raytown will host a watch party beginning at 11 a.m. Watch on the big screen and enjoy a special watch party deal at ROC Express Cafe: cheeseburger, fries, drink, and a cookie for $6.
  • The family friendly Red Crow Brewing is hosting a watch party at their location in Olathe. Drink specials from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. include $4 mimosas, beermosas and Red Beers. All other beer and cider will be on sale for $5! Chiefs cookies available for purchase and will house menu available!
  • Mom-owned Servaes Brewery is hosting a watch party including a special release: 50 Years in the Making is a Miami Vice-inspired version of their Distant Light sour. It’s packed full of pineapple, strawberry and coconut, making it the perfect beer to help celebrate that Miami victory! It’ll be on tap and available in crowlers beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5. We’ll be offering $5 full pours of any beer on tap, and don’t forget Wednesday is the day you can build your own mixed 4-pack! We’ll be open until 10 p.m.

Kansas City! Let’s Celebrate!

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Sarah is mama to 8-year-old, Henry, 5-year-old Clark and 4-year-old Lucy. After growing up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza before migrating to Johnson County. Sarah has her master’s in urban administration. In between the crazy, she likes to try new restaurants, go for walks around the neighborhood, dig in the sand at Franklin Park and experience all things KC.