Get ready to break out the green this weekend

Flickr: Kevin Coles

St. Patrick’s Day may not be until Tuesday, but a couple of cities in the area are getting their Irish on a wee-bit early. The Northland has the biggest party, with Snake Saturday starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. The Missouri State Barbecue Championship held on site ensures that not only will this parade draw the Irish, but Kansas City’s finest pit masters as well. Spectators are allowed samples.

Floats for the 25th annual Snake Parade will start lining up at 8:30 a.m. and the parade itself starts at 11 a.m. at 14th and Swift and heads for the main drag that is Armour Road. The awards for best floats begin at 3 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the festival grounds will be open and will feature mostly free carnival rides, art, a petting zoo, pony rides, drinks and food. Snake Saturday is especially geared toward children and families so if you’re a little afraid of what the youngsters might see in Westport on Tuesday, it’s a great alternative.

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