Changes coming with 2019 Wichita Riverfest

(Source: Wichita Festivals, Inc.)

WICHITA, Kan. Organizers are making changes this year to Wichita's biggest party, running May 31 through June 8 downtown.

Among the changes to the Wichita Riverfest is the parade route. This year, the Riverfest parade will not travel down Douglas or Waco. The parade will begin at Second Street and Main, proceed south on Main to English and turn east. It will then head back north on Market Street.

The parade will still be downtown, but will venture outside the areas gated off for Riverfest. Organizers say they think people will like the new set up.

"Gathering anywhere in that area will get you a great view of the parade," says Teri Mott with Wichita Festivals, Inc. "It should be a lot more comfortable than years' past."

Another change with the 2019 Wichita Riverfest has to do with carnival rides. In previous years, the rides have been in the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium parking lot and the carnival has not been an official part of the festival. It will be this year, and at a new location near Broadway and William.

Wichita Riverfest buttons are on sale now. They cost $10 for adults and $5 for children between the ages of 6 and 12.

Children younger than 5 get in free.