The 12th Annual Plainfield Hometown Irish Parade is set to step off at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014, and we want you there! The Village Preservation Association invites you and your loved ones to come out for the 2014 edition of this fabulously fun event.
When the Irish dancers come stepping up Lockport Street, you know spring is here at last. Our own old-fashioned St. Patrick’s Day celebration will soon be here.
This year, music will be more abundant than ever, with four bagpipe bands lined up to march in the parade, along with other musical ensembles and the always crowd-pleasing Irish Dancers. Making its way through some of the historic neighborhoods surrounding the village’s retail center, the parade once again will be a kickoff for a full afternoon of fun in the downtown core, from the complimentary inflatable bouncer to the array of great restaurants downtown that will have their doors open wide.
Also returning will be the downtown pub crawl, which celebrates some of Plainfield’s best taverns. Special prizes and cash drawings add to the merriment. Entries are being accepted for floats, all sorts of marchers, and musical and dancing groups. All parade entries must bear an Irish theme, and music is encouraged, as is passing out sweets and treats to the many spectators. Entry forms and payment are being accepted through March 14th.
If you would like to volunteer or enter the parade, please contact us today!
March 16, 2014
Parade Starts at 1:00pm
Starts near Plainfield Central High School then progresses up James St into Downtown and heads towards Hwy 59 on Lockport St and progresses South on Illinois St and finally heads back West on Commercial St.
But to have a great time with your family as you watch the 2013 Plainfield Hometown Irish Parade
2013 Hometown Irish Parade Queen Katie Cassidy
As the 2013 Hometown Irish Parade Queen, Katie Cassidy rides in style greeting all of the attendees from her sponsored car which was provided by Bill Jacobs Chevrolet in Plainfield.Katie is 11 years old and is currently in 5th grade. She is an A+ student who is currently a member of school student council and enjoys reading, piano and school band. She plays travel soccer throughout the year and for the first time this year tried rec basketball. She also enjoys gymnastics, water skiing and snow skiing.
Hair and Makeup were provided by Paula Heckenast with City Lights Makeup Artistry
There’s a new saint in town.
St. Patrick gets a lot of the attention this time of year, what with chasing the snakes out of Ireland and all. But a lesser-known saint serves an even more worthy cause: St. Baldrick. For the second time, the Plainfield St. Baldrick’s fundraiser for childhood cancer research will be part of the Hometown Irish Parade festivities. With support from the Knights of Columbus’ Holy Spirit Council, the locks will fly from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the old fire station #1, on Des Plaines Street just north of Lockport Street. Take a moment to “Like” our Facebook page for this event.
We’re looking for volunteers, whether individually or in groups, to assist with the upcoming parade. Please read the information below to find out how you can help Plainfield’s Irish Parade become one of the best and most enjoyable parade around. Primarily, we seek individuals who are age 18 or over to be parade marshals, but we also have limited availability of other positions (see below). If you are interested in volunteering, let us know by contacting our volunteer recruitment director by email or by phone at (630) 234-5755. Feel free to view our Volunteers Page for additional information.