The American Royal Parade: A Star Spangled Salute

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

Big Read Community Kickoff
Saturday, September 28, 2013
9:45am

The American Royal Parade scheduled for Saturday, September 28 has been cancelled because of expected severe weather. For more information, please visit the American Royal Website.


Joining forces for the first time in Kansas City Big Read history, the Kansas City Public Library and the American Royal will mark the community kick-off of this year’s celebration of Charles Portis’ True Grit at the American Royal’s 88th annual parade. Library Director Crosby Kemper III portrays True Grit’s Marshal Rooster Cogburn—complete with period western wear and eye-patch—and rides a horse up Grand Boulevard in the company of others playing additional characters from the novel.

The parade, which is composed of nearly 4,000 participants, features active-duty and veteran members of the military, marching bands, vintage cars, saddle clubs, civic groups, and decked-out parade floats, and pays tribute to America’s military.