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2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 12, 2016
Céad míle fáilte!
2015 Parade Trophies:
Founder's Award: Houlihan Clan
Best Float: Parade Queen & Court & Rosebuds
Best Band: Somonauk High School
Best Pipe & Drums: Chicago Highlanders
Best Four-Legged Entry: Edward Elmhurst Animal Assisted Therapy
Best Youth Group: Young Naperville Singers
Best New Group: Diamonds in the Rough
2015 Parade Queen & Court
Parade Queen - Noelle Johnston
Noelle is a student at Naperville North High School. She has participated in the West Suburban Irish Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and the Emerald Dinner since she was a child. She remembers riding a float in the parade when she was five and for many years after that. She and her siblings have been great helps in decorating the ballroom for the Emerald Dinner for many years. Noelle traces her Irish roots on her father’s side to Patrick Kelly, from County Limerick in 1850 and to Annie Macklin, born in 1861 in County Galway.
Joining Noelle on the Queen’s Court:
Allison Clymer, Neuqua Valley High School. Allison’s great grandparents hailed from Roscommon and Mayo. Her great-grandmother’s home is featured in the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City.
Lucy Zimmerman, Benet Academy. Lucy has been a dancer with McNulty Irish dancers since she was seven years old.
Erin Feldman, Naperville Central High School. Erin’s great-grandparents were from Cork and Kerry.
Gabrielle Santucci, Waubonsie Valley High School. Gabi can trace her great-grandfather on her mother’s side to Cork.
Elizabeth Wronski - age 9
Molly Baehl - age 7
Natalie Richards - age 8
Sloane Cieckiewicz - age 8
The West Suburban Irish Parade Queen is chosen based on her Irish ancestry, and her high school and community involvement.
2015 Grand Marshal
The 2015 Grand Marshal is Brian Cunningham!
Congrats to Brian!
NCTV17 broadcasts the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Watch on Channel 17 in Naperville, or through simultaneous video streaming at www.NCTV17.com.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2015 PARADE SPONSORS:
Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise
State Senator Michael Connelly
Green T Services
McNulty Irish Dancers
Quigley's Irish Pub
Ryan Hill Realty
BMO Harris Bank
Re/Max of Naperville
First Community Bank of Naperville
Councilman Paul Hinterlong
Councilwoman Judy Brodhead
Councilman Joe McElroy
Steve Chirico for Mayor
Rebecca Obarski for Council
John Colletti for Council
Deanne Mazzochi for COD Trustee
Wheatland Ducks Baseball Club
Thanks also to the following in-kind sponsors:
The City of Naperville SECA Fund
95.9 The River
Naperville Park District
Parade Sponsorship Opportunities:
Contact info @ wsirish.org for information.
For those participating in the Parade:
Please arrive at Naperville North High School between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Please have everyone in your group know you lineup number so they can quickly go to your place in line.
Line-up numbers will be provided a week before the Parade to the Contact Person.
Parking at Naperville North is very limited, so please carpool or have someone drop off your participants at Naperville North.
There is NO PARADE PARKING in the West lot of the school. Please park in the lot in the Northeast corner of the school property.
Cars, floats, trucks, etc., can only enter Naperville North off of Mill Street, heading South from Ogden Avenue.
Please respect the directions given by Naperville Police officers and West Suburban Irish volunteers at the staging area.
A map of the staging area can be found by clicking here.
The Parade route, and information on handicap parking and designated viewing area, are found here.
REMINDER: the Parade Route goes under a bridge. Maximum height for any float or truck is Twelve Feet (12').
REMINDERS: the Parade is a family event, and takes place on public property. Please conduct yourselves appropriately. Please no alcohol before or during the Parade. Please do not throw candy or other objects. You may hand out candy, literature, or other objects to persons along the Parade route.
REMINDER: Please do your part to keep the Parade moving along! Be on time to start, and keep up with the group ahead of you. During the Parade, and at the end of the Parade route, please do not stop and hold up those behind you.
Thanks to all participants!
Photos are linked HERE.
Check out our pictures from 2012 and prior years.
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