- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - After decades in downtown Kansas City, the American Royal Parade is moving to Kauffman Stadium.

Jennifer Kraenzle, parade and special events coordinator for the American Royal, said the move is designed to inject new energy into the parade, which has been held for 90 years.

The route for the parade on Oct. 3 is not final but Kraenzle said it likely will make a half circle around the baseball stadium, The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1LJyJYW ) reported. This is the first time the parade will be paired with the American Royal’s four-day World Series of Barbecue, which also is moving to the Truman Sports Complex.

The Saturday morning parade will be a lead-in to a daylong Cowtown Family Fun Fest, which tentatively is planned to include appearances by former Chiefs and Royals players, a petting zoo, pony rides and bounce houses, among other attractions.

Although the family fun fest and barbecue contest require an entrance fee, parking and watching the parade is free of charge. People will be able to watch the parade from the parking lot by the stadium, the streets around Kauffman and the plaza in front of the ballpark.

Several parade participants, including the Boy Scouts, say they’re pleased with the route change.

“We’re excited,” said Kendrick Miller, scout executive for the Boy Scouts of America Heart of America Council. “We know this event will continue to grow.”

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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