Plan now to be in Wichita, Kansas, for the city’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Many of the community’s festivities will take place on Saturday, March 16, including the Paddy Day Parade, which draws a big and festive crowd year after year in the Historic Delano District.

Here is what to expect in the Heart of the Country this St. Patrick’s Day.

Two men ride the Windwagon in the Delano Paddy Day Parade

Delano Paddy Day Parade

Starting at noon, the Delano Paddy Day Parade will begin, running west on Douglas Avenue from McLean Boulevard to Walnut Street in the Delano District, which sits just west of the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita. More than 100 entries are scheduled to march again this year, and the parade is expected to last more than one hour.

Additionally, parade goers can enjoy a dance party, family-friendly activities and plenty of food and drinks. The parade and festivities are possible thanks to The Delano Neighborhood Association, many Delano businesses, Xclusive Events and other Wichita businesses.

  • Kids Zone and Teens Zone, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring the whole family and find plenty to do thanks to these zones hosted by Chicken N Pickle. Find fun activities including yard games, face painting, a pickleball court, balloon art and character meet and greets on the north side of Douglas at Osage Street. Due to its popularity, the kids and teens zone will be three times the size of last year's area. 

  • Street Party & Food Truck Rally, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mix music, food and green beer for a fantastic St. Patty’s Day Street Party! There will be a food truck rally as well as drink trucks with beer and a bar. Find this area on the north side of Douglas between Walnut and Handley Streets. A dance party with DJ Dugger will take place from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

  • Drink Truck Zone, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Look for this popular truck on the north side of Douglas on Sycamore Street. 

All of the St. Patrick’s Day parade festivities in Wichita festivities are free to attend, but you may want to bring cash or card for food and drinks and to patronize the local Delano businesses in the area.

People enjoy drinks and food on an outdoor patio on a sunny day in Delano District

Explore Delano

Be sure to plan time to visit the Delano District before the parade or stay after to enjoy these businesses, among others making up one of the oldest sections of Wichita:


All Things Barbecue
Bungalow 26
Hatman Jack’s
The Health Connection
Sweet ’n Saucy
Wichita Screen Printing
Also: L’Image, Spektrum Müzik


Alzavino Wine Tavern
Mokas Cafe
NuWay Burgers

Also: Delano Barbecue Company, Delano’s Diner, La Galette French Bakery, Milkfloat, Picasso’s Pizzeria, Reuben’s Mexican Grill, Sakura Japanese Cuisine, Shamrock Lounge, Taco Rio, Fusion Restaurant, TJ’s Burger House, Vagabond Café, Yokohama Ramen Joint & Mr. Lion Tea

Recreation & Entertainment

Bike Share ICT
Blade & Timber
Bohemia Healing Spa
Keepers on Parade
Museums on the River
The American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS)
Wichita Ice Center
Wichita Public Library - Advanced Learning Center

Also: Club Billiards, Delano Clock Tower, Delano Park

A group of people raise their glasses of beer during a St. Patrick's Day Event in Wichita

More St. Patrick’s Day events

Don’t forget to use our calendar of events to plan the rest of your visit to Wichita and keep an eye out for more events popping up this spring in the Heart of the Country.