St. Patrick’s Day returns to Johnson County with parades this weekend and more ways to celebrate next week

There are a few St. Patrick's Day parades to enjoy in and around Johnson County, including the return of Shawnee's for the first time since COVID-19 hit. Photo via city of Shawnee St. Patrick's Day announcment.

If you didn’t already know, here’s your reminder: St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week away. (So get some green in your wardrobe by then, if you haven’t already.)

And this one feels a bit luckier than usual.

After all, it’s been three years since the metro has gone all out for the holiday, considering how the COVID-19 pandemic crimped or canceled celebrations in 2020 and 201.