Shownotes 215 – From the Irish Roots Cafe
Irish in America, part 6, audio edition.
Audio Edition of the First Book on the Missouri Irish.
The Original History, with genealogical notes,
by Michael C. O’Laughlin, as read by Molly Nickle
Part 6 – History of The St. Patricks Day Parade
Todays Blog contains a few notes from the author
about the podcast which can be heard at:
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St. Patricks Day Parades
When I began the research for this book back in 1982,
very little was generally known of the St. Patricks Day
parades west of the Mississippi. A few folks knew that there
were Parades from ‘way back when’ but few had any idea
just when the Parades began.
I soon found the parades dated back to the 1820’s
at least, in St. Louis. Then I found the earliest record
of a parade in Kansas City in 1872, in the K.C. TImes.
It was described as the ‘Grandest’ of events. In that
era we find several competing grand Balls; Torchlight
parades; Bonfire celebrations; and literary events.
The parade lineups often published in the newspaper
give clues as to what was happening in those days.
The Shamrock Society was spoken of as the old folks.
The Hibernians were a group of younger folks, who,
in the end would be the sole survivors in the 20th century.
A few individuals are even mentioned from time to
time in the news articles about St. Patricks Day. This
might be of interest to genealogists. I’ve seen most
Irish names in the want ads however, or in ads for
and about work crews.
End of the Parade
We see that cold temperatures shortened the parade
on occasion in the 1880’s. By the 1891 the parade was
strongly led, with a crowd of 5000 in the parade, headed
by the Hibernians. Political problems also brought things
to a halt for awhile.
By 1910 the reports are more sober, saying that the Irish
citizens celebrated in a ‘sensible’ manner. The parade
would disappear, and by the 1980’s few knew that the
parade had gone on 100 years ago!
I also make a few notes on the Irish in St. Joseph and
Buchannan County in this episode. Of some note, the
Pendergast family arrived in St. Joseph in 1857, and
would later come to dominate in Kansas City.
(end of audio book part 6)
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