No, you do not have to be of Irish descent or Catholic faith to join the St. Patrick Society of Peoria.
To become a member it is expected that you support the Society’s purpose: “to perpetuate the heritage and history of the Irish people and to promote their ideals, traditions, and culture.”
We sure do! Like us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/STPATRICKSOCIETYOFPEORIAILLINOIS/
Although we strive to keep all of our media outlets up to date, Facebook often offers the most current event information.
You can also follow us on Twitter: @PeoriaIrishFest or Instagram: #PeoriaIrishFest
To become a member, please visit our membership page where you can either download and print our membership application to mail in along with payment, or register and pay online using our new Society Membership Registration Form.
The membership year is January 1 through December 31.
The St. Patrick Society of Peoria sponsors the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th of each year - rain, snow, or shine. Sometimes all three.
The Parade usually begins at 11:00 AM on March 17th. When the 17th falls on a Sunday, the Parade will begin at 2:00 PM.
For more information, including registration info, click on the Events tab to the left.
Peoria Irish Fest / Erin Feis, the 3-Day Irish Festival, is sponsored by the St. Patrick Society in partnership with the Peoria Park District on the fourth full week-end of August. The festival takes place on the Peoria RiverFront and begins on Friday Evening and continues through Sunday Evening.
For more details please visit the event site: https://www.peoriairishfest.com/
Of course they are. Who do you think answers the messages when you click Contact Us?
We actually have two leprechauns on staff (one full time, and the other comes in as needed during the busy season) who would love to hear from you!
Send them a letter to our PO Box or Email address shown in "Contact Us" and hopefully one of them will write back when they're done causing mischief!
There are several ways you can help out with both events. Please contact us and let us know you want to join us!
You may volunteer to assist with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, St. Patrick’s Day Party, or many of our other events by sending the Society a message by clicking here or visiting the “Contact Us” section.
We will return your message within 48 hours.
Membership is not required to volunteer or participate, but many of the more desirable positions fill up quickly, and current society members will be given first choice!
Membership benefits include the following if you present your valid membership card: