Kansas City’s Super Bowl victory celebration set for Wednesday
Kansas City fans will take to the streets Wednesday to celebrate the team’s second Super Bowl win in four years. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be pushed to Thursday.
If you were lucky enough to take part in 2020’s celebration, you already know one thing — planning ahead is key.
When is the celebration?
Soon after the Chiefs clinched Super Bowl LVII against the Eagles, Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted “LET’S HAVE A PARADE WEDNESDAY!!!”
It will begin at 12 p.m., with a victory rally at Union Station at approximately 1:45 p.m., according to city officials. The National WWI Museum and Memorial will host viewing opportunities on its north lawn.
What’s the route?
Kansas City city manager Brian Platt told KCUR Monday morning that the parade will begin at the City Market and continue down Grand Boulevard before turning on Pershing Road to finish in front of Union Station.
Here are the streets that will be closed along the parade route:
Grand Boulevard from Berkley Park to Pershing Road, starting Tuesday at 12 p.m.
All east-west streets between Walnut and McGee from Berkley Park to Pershing Road, starting Tuesday 12 p.m. (Some vehicle crossings will remain open until Wednesday 9 a.m. )
Main Street from 20th Street to Pershing Road will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians.
Main Street from Pershing Road to 31st Street will be closed to vehicles, but open to pedestrians.
Kessler Road from Pershing to the west side of the National WWI Museum and Memorial.
What will the weather be?
The National Weather Service is forecasting a beautiful day — mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. But temperatures will likely drop significantly into the evening, with a forecasted low around 23 and a chance for snow.
What is the security plan?
The Kansas City Police Department will likely have all hands on deck at the parade. Platt says they will also get help from neighboring police departments.
“Police departments from the entire metro region are going to be involved in this,” Platt said. “Hundreds of police officers will be coming in from other municipalities and neighboring and partner agencies to assist with this. We’ve got equipment and resources coming from all over the place.”
Can you get around using the KC Streetcar?
No. The Kansas City Streetcar will suspend operation beginning at midnight prior to the parade and will reopen as soon as conditions allow.
Can I take a bus?
You can take the bus for free. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) is providing park and rides at five locations:
Worlds of Fun
4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., Kansas City, MO 64161
Event Drop-off and Shuttle Pick-up: Truman Road & Lydia
HyVee Arena / West Bottoms
1800 Genessee St., Kansas City, MO 64102
Event Drop-off and Shuttle Pick-up: 18th & Troost
Swope Park/Kansas City Zoo
6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, MO 64132
Event Drop-off and Shuttle Pick-up: 31st & Gillham
Oak Park Mall
11149 W 95th St., Overland Park, KS 66214 (95th and Neiman Road Park & Ride location)
Event Drop-off and Shuttle Pick-up: 25th & Southwest Boulevard
47th and State Metrocenter
4601 State Ave., Kansas City, KS 66102
Event Drop-off and Shuttle Pick-up: 31st & Gillham
These locations will run from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. After the parade, they will run until everyone is back where they need to be.
What about cell phone service?
Cell phone reception may be extremely limited due to the large numbers of cell phone users in a small area. Parade-goers should make plans in case they get separated.
I can’t attend the parade. Where can I watch?
Visit KC will host a livestream of the parade on Wednesday at noon.
The rally will take place in front of Union Station and the National WWI Memorial north lawn.
Do I still have to show up to court Wednesday?
Kansas City Municipal Court will be closed. For people who have hearings scheduled for Wednesday, a new court date will be issued. Other city services that require visits to City Hall will also likely be unavailable.
“We will likely be limiting City Hall offices and operations,” Platt said.
Platt says most basic city services should be in place.
How much will it cost?
The celebration will be free to attend, but will cost at least $2.25 million to put on, according to estimates presented at a Kansas City Council meeting earlier this month.
Kansas City, Missouri, allocated $750,000 for the event and Mayor Quinton Lucas guessed that overtime costs for police and fire fighters would add up to more than $1.5 million.
The Kansas City Sports Commission also expects more than $1 million in private sponsorships.
When was the last time the city had a celebration on this scale?
That would be the 2020 Chiefs parade. That event started at 11:30 a.m. and included a rally at Union Station around 1:30 p.m. that featured several Chiefs players and coaches.
Hundreds of people camped out in front of Union Station the night before the event and thousands were lined up along the parade route before dawn. In all, about half a million people attended.