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Kansas Parks Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Brown V Board Of Education National Historic Site

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Near freezing temperatures did little to stop staff from the Kansas National Parks from participating in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebration in Topeka. Staff from both Tallgrass Prarie National Preserve and Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site paraded through Topeka’s urban core to invite revelers to come out and experience their public lands at all of Kansas’ five parks.

Accompanied by National Park Trust Buddy Bison and park mascot Monroe the Dog, park staff distributed thousands of park brochures, NPS trading cards, and other educational materials to the thousands of Kansans who lined the two-mile route.  

This was the first year that any of the Kansas parks had participated in the annual parade. In looking for ways to build relevance and reach out to new communities, park staff has been seeking out fresh outreach tools. During the parade, staff contacted hundreds of people who were unaware of the fact that Kansas actually had national Park Service sites.

The parade marked the first use of one of Tallgrass Prairie NP's visitor buses as a parade float. During the parade, local youths and volunteers waved to those seated along the parade route.  The bus is currently on loan to Brown v. Board of Education NHS for their use as part of the "From Brown to Brown" bus tour which will begin in April and will take park visitors to other civil rights sites associated with the park’s story.  


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