Blarney bashes

Party like a leprechaun at 3 of Wichita's most festive St. Patrick's Day events

Written by Kristin Baker

Dress in your best green outfit, and check out these festive ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Wichita this year.

Attend Rainbows United
40th Annual Blarney Breakfast

Start your St. Patrick's Day off well early by attending Rainbows United's 40th annual Blarney Breakfast.

The breakfast is one of three fundraisers a year for the organization, which focuses on assisting children with special needs and their families. The breakfast starts at 6 a.m. and is held at the east Old Chicago location at 7626 E. Kellogg Drive.

"We are doing some special things to commemorate the 40th anniversary," said Angela Kessler of Rainbows.

Those who have previously attended the breakfast can log into Facebook and submit photos of breakfasts past. In addition, a $40 Blarney Bundle will purchase breakfast patrons fun St. Patrick's Day-themed items including the commemorative beer mug, the T-shirt and some gift certificates.

The breakfast will feature bagpipers, Irish dancers and clowns. The proceeds will support Rainbows targeted case management program, which helps families who have children with developmental disabilities overcome barriers.

To purchase a ticket, visit or call Rainbows at 316-267-5437. Run (or walk) in the Wichita St. Patrick's 5K.

Exercise enthusiasts looking for a fun atmosphere should look no further than the Wichita St. Patrick's 5K Run/Walk.

The race takes place March 14 and leaves from Old Cowtown Museum at 1865 W. Museum Blvd. The costume contest starts at 7:30 a.m., and the race follows at 8 a.m., with the children's race at 9 a.m. Troy Fitzgerald of Wichita Running Company said the race has become increasingly popular the last several years.

"It's a competitive run for all ages and all abilities," he said. "You don't have to be fast; a lot of people do walk and just have fun."

The costume contest will grant prizes in several different categories, and the kids fun run is a short dash for children ages 8 and younger.

"People will have on tutus and hats; you name it, they'll be sporting it," Fitzgerald said. "The more festive the better."

The Wichita Caledonian Pipes and Drum band will entertain the athletes, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the band.

To register, visit

Go to the St. Patrick's Parade in Historic Delano

About 10,000 people gather annually for the St. Patrick's Day Parade in the Delano District.

This year's parades will feature nearly 100 entries, including a Kazoo band and the West High School marching band. The parade begins at noon March 14 and will travel from Douglas Avenue and McLean to Douglas and Walnut.

"Delano just screams events," said Nancy Lawrence, who is part of Historic Delano Inc. and organizes the parade. "It's a great place for people to come down and watch a parade. It's got a good neighborhood feel to it."

Lawrence suggests patrons arrive early to get a good vantage point and then "do Delano" by shopping or eating in the district afterward.

"The parade is really eclectic," she said, "and it's a fun parade."

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