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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:

The hardcopy edition of this book is at Amazon and:

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.

First Parades
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!

Buchannan County
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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A Rerun of our annual ‘Shamerock’ award notice :

That may be a Clover
That you’re looking over
Cause that’s what a clovers for…

But if you want a Shamrock,
Remember to tell your flock –
A Shamrock has three not four !

(-From a Plaque from the south wall at the Irish Roots Cafe)

The First Annual It’s A Crying Shame Rock Award:

That may be a Four Leaf Clover that you are looking over, but sure as heck it’s not a Shamrock. Four leaf clovers are fine, but they are not Shamrocks. Be wary of those wearing and displaying too many four leaf clovers on St. Patricks Day !

It’s not the fault of the unfortunate four leaf clover. Have you forgotten ? The true Shamrock of St. Patrick has 3 leaves, and never 4. ( It was with this Shamrock that he explained the trinity, showing the existence of three in one.) As a result, we had to declare the 4 leaf clover the winner of the first annual, its a crying Shamerock award.

The Second Annual Shame Rock Award:

The second annual Shamerock award went to those who sell specific plaid kilt designs tied to specific Irish families! This is pure fiction. Kilts are beautiful and be sure to get one if it is your fancy. Irish families however, NEVER had family plaids and kilts like the Scots. Those who would pay heed to history will not spread this myth. Looks like a lot of folks are waking up to that fact. Here’s a note we received just the other day in response to the Irish Tartan Fraud, taken from this months Irish Roots Cafe member newsletter:

“We have attempted to get the word out for ages, and we’re gratified that somebody noticed.? We get lots of nasty email from people convinced to the contrary; usually, the supporters of Irish tartans justify their position with information provided by folks who want to sell them expensive skirts. As you can imagine, we find such documentation suspect.”

-We definitely agree!

If you would like to know how they really dressed I suggest you go to
The Website of the month.

Have a nomination for the next ‘Shamerock Award’ Send it to me. We may decide to use it for our next award.

taken from an article in the
2006 Journal of Irish Families 

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