Snake Saturday
More Than Just A Parade

While Snake Saturday is most commonly known for our parade, there are actually a number of events to enjoy.  Here are the dates for our events in 2016.


Charity Cook Off

March 09, 2018

The Charity Cook-off is the first event of the weekend where charities can win prize money for their cause.  Charities are provided an 8-10 oz. Kansas City Strip steak, donated by US Foods, and a typical take out box. Steaks are judged on their taste, tenderness and presentation, including decorating the take out box in line with the yearly theme.

Charities tell us this is an event the look forward to all year long.  Staff comes out to support their designated cook and will often tailgate after their entry has been turned in, making it also a time of celebration for the charity. Many of the cook-off judges return year after year to participate in the event.  In 2013, Food Network’s Grill Mayor, Craig Jones, joined the judging team.

Thank you to all of our charities and judges for your continued participation in this great event. See you in 2017!  2018 Registrations will be from January 1, 2017 to March 1, 2017.

Lad And Lassie Contest

March 3, 2018

The Lad and Lassie Contest is a long standing tradition of Snake Saturday. The contest is for boys and girls in two age categories, ages 2-4 and 5-7 year olds. The children dress up in green, their favorite Irish apparel or even outfits in line with the yearly theme.  Children are judged on “Irish Spirit” and Charm. Children may only “win” in each age category one time.

Registration via online or mail is closed as of March 1, 2018. Walk ups will be based on space availability and is not guaranteed.

Following the Lad and Lassie Contest, participants have the opportunity to perform a song, dance or limerick if prepared.

The 2018 Lad & Lassie Contest

Saturday March 3rd, 2018 • 10:30 am


The Grand Marshal Celebration

March 1, 2018

The Grand Marshal Celebration is the premier fundraiser kickoff event for the Snake Saturday Parade & Festival and announces the parade Grand Marshal each year. The festivities include a silent auction, live auction, Irish dancers and usually a surprise or two.  This fundraiser is just one of the ways Snake Saturday raises money to give to charities in the form of prize money.

The 2016 Grand Marshal Celebration will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Finnigan Hall in NKC, MO. The evening typically includes live music entertainment and performances by the Driscoll School of Irish Dance, a Live and Silent Auction.

Thank you kindly to our generous donors and sponsors for helping Northland Festivals support local charities.

The Festival

March 11, 2018

Carnival:  The carnival area is set up and open for family fun early Friday evening until about 10 pm, opening again on Saturday morning about 10 am until 4-5 pm.

Free Children’s Area:  The free children’s area is filled with family activities.  The 2017 Free Children’s Area included a barrel train, airbrush tattoos, pony rides, petting zoo, tricycle obstacle course and much, much, more!  Stay tuned to see what is in store for 2017!

Festival grounds border Armour Road on the north and 18th Avenue on the south, Fayette on the west and Howell on the east.

For more information: 816.548.3113 or click here.

Children’s Theater Stage:  At the 2016 Festival, our friends from Theater Tech Productions provided us with awesome entertainment.  Plans are already in the works for 2017!

The Car Show:  C.A.R.B  (Central Auto Racing Booster) puts on a fabulous car show with more than 50 race cars for kids and adults alike to get a taste of auto racing. In 2016, C.A.R.B also gave away 3 bicycles!


 The Parade

March 10, 2018

Snake Saturday Parade brings up to 100,000 people to historic, downtown North Kansas City on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day making it the largest Irish parade and festival in the area.  In addition to the commercial entries, charities go “all out” designing parade entries to win prize money for their organization. Over the duration of the parade and festival more than a million dollars has been distributed to charities.  Please check out our weekly blog to see what is going on with our charities!