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Vernon Hills 2012 queen Natalie Chiarello, Little Miss Valerie Burda and Junior Miss Brianna Bolotin get ready to march in the Lake Villa St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Parade participants riding on the Fox Recovery and Towing flatbed float toss candy to children Saturday during the Lake Villa St. Patrick's Day parade.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Lake Zurich High School students including Sara Cook, 14, and front row left to right, Ashlee Cook, 15, and Mackenzie Matthews, 14, all of Lake Villa, prepare to ride on the Profinish Painting Professionals of Lake Villa van Saturday in the Lake Villa St. Patrick's Day parade.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Jack Ruskin of Lake Villa dressed as a leprechaun to ride on the Fox Recovery and Towing flatbed float Saturday in the Lake Villa St. Patrick's Day parade.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Jack Ruskin of Lake Villa dressed as a leprechaun to ride on the Fox Recovery and Towing flatbed float in the Lake Villa St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Jim Barnowski of Lake Villa -- dressed as St. Patrick himself -- marches in the Lake Villa St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

People riding on the Fox Recovery and Towing flatbed float toss candy during the Lake Villa St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Three generations -- including Carrie Greenhagel, left, Peggy Greenhagel and Morgan Payne, 11, all of Huntley, braved the 30 degree weather Saturday to watch the Thom McNamee Memorial St. Patrick's Day Parade in East Dundee.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

A green frog from the Chubby Bullfrog Bar & Grill in West Dundee makes his way down River Street during the Thom McNamee Memorial St. Patrick's Day Parade in East Dundee.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Brian Hampton of Aerial Storm dressed in green from head to toe to walk in the Thom McNamee Memorial St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday in East Dundee.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Jackie Shanahan of Crystal Lake adorned herself in green Saturday to watch the Thom McNamee Memorial St. Patrick's Day Parade in East Dundee.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Olivia Guerrieri, 9, of Algonquin wore a green and white wig Saturday to watch the Thom McNamee Memorial St. Patrick's Day Parade in East Dundee.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

The Naperville's St. Patrick's Day parade makes its way along Mill Street Saturday.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Bert, a Boston terrier Beagle mix, took part in the Naperville St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Bob Ryan prepares to walk with Marquette Companies of Naperville in the Naperville St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Bert, a Boston terrier Beagle mix, took part in the Naperville St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam marches Saturday in the Naperville's St. Patrick's Day parade.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Joe and Madeline Mahoney of Shorewood and their two Irish Wolfhounds attend the Naperville's St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Parade participants line up for the Naperville's St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Irene Zaccarine of ADOPT Pet Shelter in Naperville waits to march in the Naperville's St. Patrick's Day parade.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Palatine residents Mary Edgar as Katie M' Lady and Jason Foltyn as Lucky McClover are the grand marshalls at the St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Colin Bertrand, 8, and Sara Walczynski, 10, both of Palatine, enjoy the St. Patrick's day parade Saturday in Palatine, which kicks off the town's Paint the Town Green celebration.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Mary Daly, 8, of Mount Prospect carries the Irish colors in the St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday in Palatine.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Despite the cold and the snow showers, the Midlothian Pipe Band of Lake Zurich entertained the audience during Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade in Palatine.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Snowflakes and cold greeted hundreds who came to watch the St. Patrick's Day parade in Palatine on Saturday, including Teag Cullen, 4, of Barrington.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Despite the cold and the snow showers Saturday, hundreds turned out to watch the St. Patrick's day parade in Palatine. The parade kicked off the town's Paint the Town Green celebration.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Despite the cold and the snow showers, hundreds turned out to enjoy Palatine's St. Patrick's Day parade including Nathan Roos, 8, of Palatine.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

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Despite the cold and the snow showers Saturday, Vivian Garcia of Poplar Grove captures the moment at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Palatine.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Kirsten Ludwig of Buffalo Grove has her shamrock colored lipstick on and is ready to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Palatine as part of the Paint the Town Green celebration on Saturday.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Murphy the dog tries his doggone best to enjoy the Palatine St. Patrick's Day parade despite the cold and snow showers Saturday.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Despite the cold and the snow showers Saturday, hundreds turned out to enjoy the St. Patrick's Day parade in Palatine, including Traci King of Inverness.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Joe Hanisch, 12, of St. Charles takes a peek at what's coming next in the St. Patrick's Day parade in St. Charles on Saturday. His birthday falls on St. Patrick's Day.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Alex Nicolas, Chase White, Joe Hanisch and Kevin Faulk, all 12 and from St. Charles, cheer on classic Corvettes in the St. Patrick's Day parade in St. Charles on Saturday. Joe's 13th birthday is on St. Patrick's Day.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Daniel Shanahan, 9, left, and his brother Jameson, 12, of Geneva watch the St. Patrick's Day parade in downtown St. Charles on Saturday. The boys and their sister, Kate, 6, come to the parade almost every year, they said.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Crowds line Main Street to enjoy the St. Patrick's Day parade in St. Charles on Saturday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Rond Baird of St. Charles wears the funny shamrock glasses her son, Johnny, 6, did not want to wear at the St. Patrick's Day parade in St. Charles on Saturday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

The Chicago Highlanders Pipes and Drums marches down Main Street in the St. Patrick's Day parade in St. Charles on Saturday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Shea Fink, 7, of Geneva watches the St. Patrick's Day parade in St. Charles on Saturday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

The Chicago Highlanders Pipes and Drums marches down Main Street in the St. Charles St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Gallery posted: 3/16/2013 5:28 PM

About this Gallery

There's something about St. Patrick's Day that puts everyone in a mighty good mood. And the best part is, you don't have to be Irish to celebrate. St. Patrick's Day may be Sunday, but parades, concerts and theater productions kept the fun going all weekend long.
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