Downtown KCK area to hold two parades Saturday – Cinco de Mayo and Polski Day

by William Crum

Once a year Kansas City, Kan., celebrates its cultural heritage with a couple of parades downtown on the first Saturday in May.

On May 3 there are two parades scheduled in Kansas City, Kan. One of them is Polski  Days, which celebrates Polish, Croatian and other eastern European heritage, and the other is Cinco de Mayo, which celebrates Hispanic heritage. There is something for everyone at both parades.

The Polski Days parade goes from 12th to 8th Street along Central Avenue at 11:30 a.m. and ends at All Saints parish, 811 Vermont Ave., in Kansas City, Kan.  This is where the festivities truly begin. They have live music, dancing, food, and games for the kids. The festival is something the whole family can enjoy.

The Cinco de Mayo parade starts at 6th and Minnesota and ends at 12th and Minnesota.  It starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. This is its seventh year of the parade. After the parade, a festival is held near 12th and Minnesota. They have live music, games for the kids, good ethnic food, plus dancing as well.

“This is the way we celebrate our melting pot heritage,” said Bridget Jobe, executive director of the Kansas City, Kan., Convention and Tourism Bureau. “We are truly proud of our heritage particularly in Wyandotte County and this is one way we honor it. Particularly in the downtown area, this is where it all began.”

To learn more about what is going on, visit the CVB website at

Animal control officers capture boxer dog in northeast area

Animal control officers on May 1 captured a second aggressive dog that is suspected of dog bites in the northeast area of Kansas City, Kan.

Police officers in the area of 15th and Troup spotted a male brindle boxer shortly after midnight May 1 and were able to capture it, a police spokesman said. Animal control officers responded to the area and captured the canine without incident, the spokesman said.

Three dogs, part of a pack of dogs, were responsible for three dog bites on April 26 and April 27, police said. The first dog was captured earlier this week.

The Kansas City, Kan., Animal Control Unit is still looking for a female (fawn-light brown or tan) boxer.

Crabtree confirmed for federal judge position

Dan Crabtree

Today the U.S. Senate confirmed Daniel Crabtree of Kansas City, Kan., to serve as a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

“Providing advice and consent of Presidential nominees is one of the most important roles of the United States Senate and a responsibility I take seriously,” Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said. “Mr. Crabtree’s integrity and extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts made for a smooth confirmation process and give me great confidence he will serve as an outstanding federal judge.”

Daniel Crabtree was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee without opposition and was rated unanimously well-qualified by the American Bar Association. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law. His bachelor’s degree is from Ottawa University. He was a partner in the law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker.

After today’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Crabtree will join the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas with a lifetime appointment. The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas is a federal trial court that processes civil and criminal cases that come under federal jurisdiction. The District of Kansas covers the entire state of Kansas.