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St. Patrick’s Parade Weekend in St. Charles – Saturday March, 14

FREE Irish Dance at Arcada Theatre

Doors open at 9:30am. Flannery School of Irish Dance will be doing a FREE Irish dance performance starting at 10am. There will be an interactive dance after the performance where kids will be able to join on stage for a quick lesson.

FREE Irish Movie

Arcada Theatre  | 10:30am

Stay after the performance for a showing of Disney’s “The Luck of the Irish”.

The St. Patrick’s Parade explores the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day for 21st year

The St. Patrick’s Parade, hosted annually in downtown St. Charles, has become a family tradition for thousands of people of all ages to come line Main Street to watch St. Patrick’s themed entries show their St. Patrick’s Day spirit, listen to award-winning local marching bands and Celtic bands, watch elaborate and colorful floats glide down the street, pay tribute to the walking units of veterans and see all the best that St. Charles has to offer.

The parade kicks-off at 2 p.m. rain or shine on Saturday, March 14. The parade begins at Main and 6th Street as it continues down Main Street and concludes at 4th Avenue. The parade is sponsored by Gerald Auto Group.

This event began back in 1998, when Maurice McNally invited Rosie Martinez to leave Dublin, Ireland and help open McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub in the heart of downtown St. Charles. In 1999, Rosie approached the City of St. Charles about organizing the first St. Patrick’s Parade, where she “wanted to bring a piece of [her] culture to St. Charles and show how we really do it back home. We wanted to bring a piece of Ireland to St. Charles.”

Since then, the St. Patrick’s parade has seen a multitude of organizers, supporters, and attendees that have turned it into the local tradition and staple it is today.

Each year adds more and more to the traditional event with this year featuring a performance from Flannery School of Irish Dance and “The Luck of the Irish,” an Irish-themed movie, that will both be hosted at the historic Arcada Theatre the morning of the parade. All are welcome to come to the free event. The movie is sponsored by McNally’s HVAC.

We encourage all to come to this event and not only see the parade, but head into downtown St. Charles businesses, many of which will be hosting St. Patrick’s-themed events. For a listing of businesses, visit www.stcstpatricksparade.com.

Bob and Sue McDowell will serve as Grand Marshals

One of the great traditions and honors of the parade is to be its grand marshal, and this year, the St. Charles Business Alliance is proud to announce its grand marshals are Sue and Bob McDowell. Sue and Bob  were named this year’s Grand Marshals for the St. Patrick’s Parade in honor of their service and dedication to the community.

Sue and Bob owned McDowell Remodeling for over 48 years and have recently announced their retirement. The St. Charles Business Alliance is honoring the McDowells for their longtime service and dedication to the St. Charles community. Sue has and continues to plan the St. Charles Fine Art Show, which is celebrating its 22nd anniversary on Memorial Day Weekend. Like his wife, Bob has also made numerous contributions to the community, with one of them being building Santa’s House, which visits First Street Plaza beginning on the Holiday Homecoming weekend. They have also been involved in the following organizations’ events and fundraisers: Lazarus House, St. Charles Heritage Center, Remodelers Advantage Roundtables, the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown St. Charles Partnership and St. Charles Business Alliance.

Sue said she and Bob were honored to learn they were this year’s grand marshals.

”We have been privileged to live in St. Charles and have a business here for over 48 years,” Sue said. “We are thrilled to be the Grand Marshals for the St. Patrick’s Parade this year, and have loved being at the kickoff of the Parades for the past 20 years. We are already practicing our parade wave, so we hope everyone will come out to see the parade this year!”

The St. Patrick’s Parade has seen a multitude of organizers, supporters and attendees that have turned it into the local tradition for thousands of people of all ages to come line Main Street and watch St. Patrick’s Day themed entries show their St. Patrick’s Day spirit, listen to award-winning local marching bands and Celtic bands, watch elaborate and colorful floats glide down the street, pay tribute to the walking units of veterans and see all the best that St. Charles has to offer.

While the St. Charles Business Alliance and its parade committee determine the grand marshal, their decision is based on the positive impact that a particular person, group, business or organization has made in downtown St. Charles. This year is no exception.

The parade, in partnership with McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub, is presented by Gerald Auto Group. Gold level sponsors include McNally’s Heating and Cooling, Premier Living Properties, Onesti Entertainment and Best of the Fox and Bronze sponsors include Corcoran Commercial Real Estate, Lakeshore Recycling Systems, West Valley Graphics and Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center. The parade will be held on Saturday, March 14 and steps off at 2 p.m. at Main and 6th Street and continues down Main Street to conclude at 4th Avenue.

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