St. Patrick Society of Peoria

St. Patrick Society of Peoria

P. O. Box 117, Peoria, Illinois 61650


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 2016 Grand Marshal is KC Murphy and the 2016 Irish Mother of the Year is Sandy Whalen. The Society Board CONGRATULATES these two deserving Irish supporters.  The 36th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 11:00 AM on March 17, 2016.

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

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.”