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Arrive Early For Kansas City's St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Kansas City officials are warning motorists Thursday that streets downtown will begin closing at least two hours before the start of the 44th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. 

This map outlines the parade route and key street closures. 

The parade will start at Linwood Boulevard at 11 a.m. Thursday and head south along Broadway to 43rd Street.  

Broadway between 31st and 47th will be shut down, beginning at about 8 a.m. Linwood between Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue will also be closed at that time. 

Parade organizers say various parking lots will be open on or near the parade route, charging different fees. However, parking at Penn Valley Park, the Firefighters Memorial or at the One Park Plaza Condos is off limits to the public. 

City officials say streets should be back open and running normally by 2 p.m. Thursday. 

Kyle Palmer is KCUR's morning newscaster and reporter. You can follow him on Twitter @kcurkyle. 

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