Parade, music, food and drink highlight Palatine St. Patrick's Day celebration

Palatine held its eighth annual Paint the Town Green St. Patrick's Day celebration Saturday, with a parade, festivities in various businesses, food, drink and entertainment.

The parade featured 50 entries, with music by the Midlothian Scottish Bagpipe Band. The Trinity Irish Dancers, the Lucky Little Leprechauns of Dorset Avenue, the Palatine Beer Club & Families and numerous other Irish themed floats added to the entertainment.

The day included a scavenger hunt, hot chocolate, an Irish wine and beer tasting and an Irish Market.

  State Rep. Jeanne Ives who is running for governor walked Palatine's Paint the Town Green festival parade on Saturday, while her opponent Gov. Bruce Rauner joined in the Chicago St. Patrick's Day activities. Mark Welsh/
  J.P. Camacho, 10, of Arlington Heights flashes his big Irish smile as he watches Palatine's Paint the Town Green festival parade on Saturday. Mark Welsh/
  Nataly Panczyk, 15, along with Leah Daly, 16, both of Palatine hi-kick their way through Palatine's Paint the Town Green festival parade as part of the Palatine Park District Dance Company on Saturday. Mark Welsh/
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