St. Charles St. Pat's Day parade and festivities kick off March 14
The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, hosted by The St. Charles Business Alliance in partnership with McNally's Irish Pub, steps off in St. Charles at 2 p.m. on Main and 6th streets on March 14.
Thousands of people will line the route from Main Street to 4th Avenue to take in the grand parade, which features cheerful leprechauns, Celtic pipe bands, local high school bands, BMX riders, stilt walkers, a tribute to walking units of veterans and dozens of colorful floats. The owners of McDowell Remodeling, Bob and Sue McDowell, will serve as the parade's grand marshals in honor of their extensive volunteer work in the community.
"Come for the parade and stay for the festivities. It's a wonderful day to be downtown and along the river," said Laura Purdy, Tourism and Sales Manager for the St. Charles Business Alliance.
Make a day of the parade and explore downtown St. Charles before and after the main event. Flannery Irish Dancers will perform at 10 a.m. at the Arcada Theatre, followed by a free screening of "The Luck of the Irish," and the parade at 2 p.m.
Once the parade wraps up, attendees can meander around downtown St. Charles to shop and dine. Restaurants and bars will run specials during and after the parade. If the luck of the Irish is on your side, you may be treated to a special performance from the Celtic pipe bands at several downtown bars.
Generous sponsors, including the parade's presenting sponsor, Gerald Subaru of North Aurora, make the St. Charles St. Patrick's Day Parade possible. All St. Patrick's Day events are free to the public. Ample parking, accessibility from major roads, and a variety of activities for family members of all ages make spending the day in downtown St. Charles easy and entertaining.
For more on the St. Charles St. Patrick's Day Parade, visit www.stcstpatricksparade.com.