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. This year Chuck Bergquist will serve as the Grand Marshal and Joyce O'Connell is being recognized as the Irish Mother of the Year. Each of these honorees will have a special place in the Parade. The 34th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 11:00 AM on March 17, 2014
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 Staging 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 in the Grand Ballroom at the Peoria Civic Center. The doors of the Grand Ballroom will open at Noon. The Parade will end at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office Entry Area.
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 2014 Erin Feis (Peoria's Irish Festival) that will be held August 22, 23, & 24 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.”