48th Riverfest set to begin Friday in downtown Wichita

Ted Woodward
May 30, 2019 - 2:44 pm


Wichita Riverfest begins its nine-day run on Friday. 

Police Sgt. Kelly O'Brien says you will notice the presence of law enforcement personnel, including officers on foot, on horses with the Mounted Unit, on ATVs, bike officers, the EMS Gator Team, and the EMS bike unit.

This is the 48th Riverfest, and opening-night festivities feature the annual Sundown Parade downtown, co-sponsored by Entercom Radio.

The parade route has been changed this year, and does not go through the festival area along Douglas. This year's parade route starts at 2nd & Main, south-bound on Main to English, then back north-bound on Market to 2nd Street. 

Parade entrants hope to be inspired by this year’s theme, “Downtown Get Down”, with floats, bands, flags, and performers -- including Steve McIntosh & Ted Woodward from "Steve & Ted in the Morning" on 98.7 and 1330 KNSS. The parade runs from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Friday.

Riverfest dates its annual history back to the early 1970s; it is Kansas’ largest community event, and among the 40 largest outdoor events in the world.

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