Overland Park’s first-ever St. Patrick’s Day parade will replace one at Fall Festival, prompting pushback from some residents

The Downtown Overland Park Partnership is planning a St. Patrick's Day parade this year instead of the parade at the annual Fall Festival, an event that has been around in some form for decades. Some residents have expressed concern that a mid-March event won't be as well-attended as one in the fall. Above, a scene from a previous Fall Festival parade going through downtown. Image via Overland Park city website.

The St. Patrick’s parade scheduled for Saturday, March 12, will be a first for downtown Overland Park, an addition the city’s liaison to businesses hopes will brighten up a season that has relatively few events.

But some residents say they have been disappointed to learn the new parade will replace the Fall Festival parade that has been held for decades in late September.