On 19 Sept 1872 the KC times reported on the first St. Patrick's Day parade in Kansas City. "At 10:00 am, the procession formed at the hall of the Irish Benevolent Society. The order of march was as follows: Grand Marshal and aids, Band of Music, Irish Benevolent Society, St. Vitus Benevolent Association (German), The St. Joseph Benevolent Association." 
Who, What, When, Where? My Irish Ancestors!
Any Irish ancestry researcher would be remiss if they chose to ignore the information this small blurb gives us. A few questions to consider: 1) Where were my ancestor's on that day? 2) Did they participate in the parade? 3) Did they belong to these organizations/societies? 4) Were they involved in the Irish community, church, politics or other labor unions? 5) What was their "pecking" order in the parade? 6) Were there other Irish organizations/societies?
America’s oldest Irish Catholic Fraternal Organization founded concurrently in the coal-mining region of Pennsylvania and New York City in May, 1836. Early Hibernians are linked to mining for gold (Yreka, CA), copper and silver (Butte & Anaconda, MT), iron ore in Escanaba, MI (St Patrick’s) and Mt Pleasant, PA (St Joseph’s), hard rock mining (St Peter’s, Rutland, VT) and coal in Schuylkill CO, PA. (where the infamous Molly Maguire trials were held.)Molly Maguires
Members of an Irish-American secret society. Members, mainly coal miners were associated with Pennsylvania anthracite coal fields in the Civil War era. The trials and arrests were from 1876−1878.
St. Aloysius Band
Formed from the St. John's society 75-100 'juveniles" of West Kansas City.
St. Vincent de Paul SocietyFounded in 1833 by six university students in Paris under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul. This primarily Irish society was introduced in Chicago during the economic depression of 1857. The Society's purpose was to provide direct aid to the suffering parishioners.
Immigrant Society Records and Genealogy
Missouri Irish, Kansas City, St.Louis & Trails West
From the Bottom Up: The Story of the Irish in Kansas City, O'Neill, Pat