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Peoria St Patrick’s Day Parade

Written on January 29, 2016

Peoria St Patricks Day Parade 


Cead Mille Failte! A Hundred Thousand Welcomes to you as you browse the St. Patrick Society of Peoria Website. Each year, the St. Patrick Society of Peoria sponsors the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Peoria IL held on March 17th and the 3-Day Erin Feis (Peoria’s Irish Festival) held during the fourth weekend in August on the Peoria RiverFront.

The St. Patrick Society Board honors two people each year who have served and supported the St. Patrick Society and its events. The Society Board CONGRATULATES these two deserving Irish supporters. The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11:00 AM on March 17, 2017.

You are invited to serve as a volunteer to help with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade or St. Patrick’s Day Party. If you are able to volunteer, please use the contact us button and provide us with your name, phone number, and email address. Volunteers who are designated as Block Captains are needed in the Parade Assembly Areas to assist in getting each Parade Entry located in its designated Parade Position. The Block Captains also walk along the Parade Route as the entries located in their block move along the Parade Route.

Volunteers who are designated as Ticket Sellers are needed to assist with ticket sales at the doors of the Party. This year the family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day Party is being held at the Peoria Civic Center on the 2nd Floor in Meeting Room 220. The doors of Meeting Room 220 will open at 11:30 AM. The Parade will end on Fulton Street at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre Doors Entry Area. Party goers may park in the Peoria Civic Center Parking Lot across Monroe Street.

Each year the Parade Application invites the entrants to participate in the Parade Competition held for the following Parade Categories: Business Entries, Family Entries, & Organization Entries. First, Second, & Third Place Certificates are awarded in each category. The Parade Judges award points in the following areas: Theme, Presentation/Attractiveness, Workmanship/Craftsmanship, and Originality/Creativity.

The St. Patrick Society Board invites you to MARK your calendar for the 2016 Erin Feis (Peoria’s Irish Festival) that will be held August 26, 27, & 28, 2016 on the Peoria RiverFront. The St. Patrick Society partners with the Peoria Park District in holding this 3-Day Irish Festival. Check out the Erin Feis website at www.erinfeispeoria.com.

The St. Patrick Society Board invites you to become a member of the Society and to support our efforts to remain true to our purpose as our Founders envisioned over three decades ago, “to perpetuate the heritage and history of the Irish people and to promote their ideals, traditions, and culture.”

There are several accounts of Saint Patrick’s death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the “evil eye.” Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin city. A toast for St Patrick’s Day, “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”Saint Patrick’s Day?

Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.

The most important element of Saint Patrick’s Day, after mass, is the Saint Patrick’s Day Parades. Over 300 Saint Patrick’s Day Parades around the world celebrate this famous Saint Patrick’s Day .

The beating  heart of these Saint Patrick’s Day Parades are the Pipe Bands with their stirring music & powerful presence.