FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 4, 2015
The City of Kansas City, Mo. has scored another record year with the achievement of an all-time record high in citizen satisfaction, and City-wide pride in Kansas City’s 2015 World Champion Royals baseball team. The City’s 2015 Royal Celebration, honoring Royals fans, players and support staff, kicked off at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 3 and concluded with a City-wide rally at Union Station. The event, which is estimated to be the largest celebration event in Kansas City history, brought approximately 800,000 fans to Kansas City’s downtown.
“Kansas City is bursting with success, innovation and achievement,” said City Manager Troy Schulte. “We take great pride in all of the work that our employees do each day to make this City great. The support and attendance that our residents showed during the Royal Celebration event was absolutely phenomenal. We hope to continue to share this spirit for our world-winning City throughout the year.”
Several City Departments were involved in the success of this historic celebration event:
- Public works, Water Services and Parks & Recreation Departments collectively disposed of more than 14,000 pounds of trash following the parade and rally.
- Kansas City Water Services’ street sweepers cleaned 91 gutter miles and disposed of more than 5 tons of debris!
- Kansas City Police Department enlisted 400 officers to work the parade, and made only 3 arrests.
- Kansas City Fire Department responded to 119 calls for emergency medical services and, with assistance from Fire/EMS mutual aid partners, transported 53 patients to area hospitals.
Other interesting facts:
- 26,012 feet of barricade protected residents along the parade route
- 220 trash bins lined the parade route
- 16 confetti cannons showered fans with more than 400 pounds of confetti
- Residents engaged with City of Kansas City, Mo. social media outlets in record numbers, tripling twitter interactions and generating seven-times the City’s typical facebook reach.
- 100+ “Home Sweet Home” Limited-edition street banners adorned City streets
Commemorative “Home Sweet Home” street banners are available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the City of Fountains Foundation, which works to repair and restore Kansas City’s historic fountains. Fans may purchase the limited-edition commemorative banners for $25 by visiting kcmo.gov/store.
The City of Kansas City would like to thank the many sponsors and supporters who contributed to the success of the Royal Celebration. Sponsors and supporters contributed $300,000 to the approximate $350,000 total cost of hosting the City-wide celebration. Sponsorships covered the big-ticket hard costs such as rentals of the barricades, sound system, stage and big screens. The City expects to pay $50,000 in overtime and clean-up costs, which were minimized because the event happened on a weekday, during the work day.
For additional information and media inquiries, please contact Director of Communications Chris Hernandez at 816-513-3474 or firstname.lastname@example.org