FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Shawn Patrick Mayernick
Press Secretary & Leprechaun Consultant, Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
Email: shawn@springfieldpc3.com
Website: www.SpringfieldIrish.org

The 31st Annual Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Springfield, Illinois – March 3, 2015 – The 31st Annual Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 14th at 12 noon in downtown Springfield. The theme this year is “Irish Hearts in The Capitol City” and the parade will again feature local music, marching bands and prizes for the best floats. Family friendly areas are located on Jefferson between 5th & 6th and on 6th Street between Jefferson & Capitol Streets. Parade participant’s entry deadline has passed, however more information is available online at www.springfieldirish.org. The Parade does not receive funding from any governmental agency and remains dependent upon local business and individual sponsors. This year’s parade poster was created by local artist, Jon Griffin.

This year, the Parade Board has selected 2014 Sacred Heart-Griffin Cyclone Football Team as its Grand Marshal. The team symbolizes over 20 years of volunteer work in the Annual Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade and, more specifically, as a goodwill ambassador when they reached out to Washington, IL following the devastating storms. When you compound SHG’s commitment to Springfield through mandatory community service hours, the 2014 SHG Cyclone Football Team & all the alumni who have volunteered 2500+ man hours to The Parade, makes them a well-deserved Grand Marshal.

The Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is proud to again sponsor the successful family fair located just south of the Lincoln Library on Capitol Street. The organizers of this event plan to include Kidzeum activities, St. Andrews Society Bagpipes, Irish Dancers and band, face painting, balloon art, food vendors, puppet show & magic show. Free Admission to the event and non-alcoholic refreshments will be for sale.

As was the case last year, the City of Springfield has requested that: (1) ALL persons wanting to drink adult beverages outside of a licensed beverage establishment obtain a wristband provided by bar staff. A $1 fee will be charged for each wristband with proceeds going to the St. Patrick’s Day Marching Band Parade Committee. (2) Outside drinking will be limited, beginning at 11:00 AM and ending at 5 PM, and WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. (3) Coolers will not be permitted within the parade areas or along the route. (4) An alcohol-free zone has been established on 6th Street between Adams and Washington. (5) Pets and bicycles are prohibited unless used in the parade.

The Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade was first incorporated in 1985 as a not for profit to provide the people of Springfield with a family-oriented, community event to help attract area residents to visit the downtown shopping district. Since the revitalization of the downtown district over the past two decades, the parade has become an important annual staple for local businesses in the downtown area. Last year’s Parade Committee was pleased to announce a $5000 donation to the 2014 Honorary Grand Marshal, James Clancy Sr. and the Inter-Veteran’s Burial Detail of Sangamon County.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Josh Downen
President, Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
Email: Info@SpringfieldIrish.org
Website: www.SpringfieldIrish.org

The 30th Annual Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Springfield, Illinois – February 26, 2014 – The 30th Annual Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 15th at 12 noon in downtown Springfield. The theme this year is “Rock the Blarney” and the parade will again feature local music, marching bands and prizes for the best floats. Family friendly areas are located on Jefferson between 5th & 6th and on 6th Street between Jefferson & Capitol Streets. Entry applications are available online at springfieldirish.org and must be completed by March 2nd. The Parade does not receive funding from any governmental agency and remains dependent upon local business and individual sponsors.

The Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and Downtown Springfield, Inc are proud to sponsor the addition of a family fair located just south of the Lincoln Library on Capitol Street. The organizers of this event plan to include Irish storytelling, Celtic dance & athletics demonstrations, puppet shows, face painting and more. Admission to the event is free and refreshments will be available for a fee.

As was the case last year, the City of Springfield has requested that: (1) ALL persons wanting to drink adult beverages outside of a licensed beverage establishment obtain a wristband provided by bar staff. A $1 fee will be charged for each wristband with proceeds going to the St. Patrick’s Day Marching Band Parade Committee. (2) Outside drinking will be limited, beginning at 11:00 AM and ending at 5 PM, and WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. (3) Coolers will not be permitted within the parade areas or along the route. (4) An alcohol-free zone has been established on 6th Street between Adams and Washington. (5) Pets and bicycles are prohibited unless used in the parade.

The Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade was first incorporated in 1985 as a not for profit to provide the people of Springfield with a family-oriented, community event to help attract area residents to visit the downtown shopping district. Since the revitalization of the downtown district over the past two decades, the parade has become an important annual staple for local businesses in the downtown area.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Josh Downen
President, Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
Email: Info@SpringfieldIrish.org
Website: www.SpringfieldIrish.org

Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade Set for March 16th

Springfield, Illinois – March 11, 2013 – The 29th Annual Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 16th at 12 noon in downtown Springfield.

The theme for the 2013 Parade is “The Music of Ireland, Then and Now.” As in past years, the parade will include local marching bands and competitions for best themed floats. Family friendly areas are located on Jefferson between 5th & 6th and on 6th Street between Jefferson & Capitol Streets. The Parade does not receive funding from any governmental agency and remains dependent upon local business and individual sponsors.

This year, the Parade Board has selected Jim McDonough as its Grand Marshal, for his 30 plus years of volunteer work in his community and more specifically, for his role as a longtime volunteer and former President of the Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The City of Springfield has requested that: (1) ALL persons wanting to drink adult beverages outside of a licensed beverage establishment obtain a wristband provided by bar staff. A $1 fee will be charged for each wristband with proceeds going to the St. Patrick’s Day Marching Band Parade Committee. (2) Outside drinking will be limited, beginning at 11:00 AM and ending at 5 PM, and WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. (3) Coolers will not be permitted within the parade areas or along the route. (4) An alcohol-free zone has been established on 6th Street between Adams and Washington. (5) Pets and bicycles are prohibited unless used in the parade.

The Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade was first incorporated in 1985 as a not for profit to provide the people of Springfield with a family-oriented, community event to help attract area residents to visit the downtown shopping district. Since the revitalization of the downtown district over the past two decades, the parade has become an important annual staple for local businesses in the downtown area.

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For Immediate Release: Springfield, IL March 1, 2013
Contact: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
Contact Person: Josh Downen
Email Address: info@springfieldirish.org
Website URL www.SpringfieldIrish.org

St. Patrick’s Day Parade announces its 2013 Grand Marshal

For the past 28 years, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Board has selected its Grand Marshal to assist in leading a parade procession honoring Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, on the Saturday of, or proceeding, St. Patrick’s Feast Day, March 17.

Previous Grand Marshals for Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parades have been individuals/groups honored for their exceptional achievements in the previous year, like the Rochester state championship football team in 2011.

The Parade Board has also selected Grand Marshals for the work they’ve done in supporting and promoting the Springfield community while serving as a positive representative of Springfield’s Irish and Celtic heritage. In 2012 the St. Andrew Society of Central Illinois was honored for its 25 year history.

This year, the Parade Board has selected Jim McDonough as its Grand Marshal, for his 30 plus years of volunteer work in his community and more specifically, for his role as a longtime volunteer and former President of the Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Jim currently serves as an Ambassador for the Hope Institute; member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic School Development Committee. Over the years, as board members of several organizations such as UCP Land of Lincoln; ABC Club; the Sons & Daughters of Erin; Q5 Advisory Board; the National Federation of Independent Business as its local chair; and a players announcer for the LPGA State Farm Classic, to name a few. Jim has also received a Key to the City from the late Mayor Tim Davlin for Outstanding Community Service while serving as the President of our St. Pat’s Parade.

So this year, we’re proud to have Jim McDonough leading the Saint Patrick’s Day Marching Band Parade as its 2013 Grand Marshal. The parade high-steps throughout downtown Springfield, Saturday, March 16 at 12 noon.

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For Immediate Release:
Springfield, IL | February 14, 2012
Contact: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
Contact Person: Jim McDonough
Company Name: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
Email Address: info@springfieldirish.org
Website URL www.SpringfieldIrish.org

St. Pat’s Parade set for March 17

The 28th Annual Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 17 at 12 noon in downtown Springfield. All individuals, commercial and non-commercial organizations, political candidates and other organizations can apply now for entry in the parade by downloading an online application form at www.SpringfieldIrish.org.

Applications are now being accepted and processed for the 28th Annual Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year, those wishing to enter the parade will be required to complete and sign an application form, pay a minimal fee and mail in their application to join the parade. The application deadline is February 29th. Although the parade is a not for profit organization, it is a very costly event. In 2011 the city of Springfield began charging the parade to hold its annual event which now registers over 100 entries with several hundred participants and attracts many thousands of spectators along the parade route. The Parade does not receive funding from any governmental agency and remains dependent upon local business and individual sponsors.

“2011 was the first year in our 28 year history that the parade was required to pay the city to cover some city costs related to hosting the parade,” said Jim McDonough, spokesperson for the Parade Committee. “Nearly everyone we have talked to who has been a part of the parade for years understands the need for an entry fee and a signed application. There are significant costs and liability in sponsoring such a widely popular event on the streets of Springfield. We appreciate everyone’s understanding.”

The theme for the 2012 Parade is “Celebrating our Ancient Families Wearing the Green.” As in past years, the parade will include competitions for local marching bands and best themed floats. This year the Parade will also introduce a new event geared at attracting Irish and Celtic Families to march in the parade. Details for the competitions can be viewed on the parade website.

The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade will be the St. Andrew’s Society of Central Illinois which celebrates its Silver Anniversary, providing 25 years of Celtic Tradition throughout our area and beyond.

“We encourage everyone to join us as a participant or spectator on March 17 in downtown Springfield,” said McDonough. “Our goal is to provide the people of Springfield with the best parade in Illinois between Chicago and St. Louis. If the last few years have been any indication, the 2012 will be our biggest and best yet.”

The Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade was first incorporated in 1985 as a not for profit to provide the people of Springfield with a family-oriented, community event to help attract area residents to visit the downtown shopping district. Since the revitalization of the downtown district over the past two decades, the parade has become an important annual staple for local businesses in the downtown area.

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