Palatine Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day With Paint the Town Green Events
Palatine will “Paint the Town Green” on Saturday, March 17th with the community’s second annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration which includes a parade, Irish market and festivities at various businesses throughout the town.
“We’ve planned a family-friendly day of activities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” said event coordinator, Liz Noe of ElizEvents. “We’ll have Irish food, drink, entertainment and shopping. This is going to be a great day and we couldn’t have done it without the support of the community.”
“Paint the Town Green” will feature a tented Irish Market at 180 North Smith Street from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM. The market will feature 16 vendors including Irish wares from Long Grove’s Paddy’s on the Square, McNulty Irish Dancers who will be teaching Irish dance, Bead World who will be selling Celtic jewelry and Safari Childcare’s face painting and other kid’s activities. There will also be a variety of music throughout the day with fingersytle guitarist Merv Collins at 9:00 AM, Guyz with Bad Eyez performing for two hours starting at 10:00 AM, followed by Irish music from the duo of Dr. Gerry Aylward and Dave Kunzweiler from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM.
The celebration will feature a parade at 11:00 AM in downtown Palatine. The parade begins on Wood Street near the community parking lot at 200 East Wood Street, continues west to Brockway and concludes south to Wilson Street. The parade features over 40 entries and 600 participants including the Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band, McNulty Irish Dancers, Trinity Irish Dancers, The Little Leprechauns of Dorset Avenue and the Palatine Dance Company.
During the parade marchers with shopping carts will collect food, clothing and disposable paper products for Journeys from PADS to HOPE, an organization serving the homeless and near-homeless in the north and northwest suburbs.
A wide variety of businesses will be celebrating with “Paint the Town Green” activities. Durty Nellie’s will open for breakfast at 9:00 AM and serve Irish food and drink specials. They will also provide Irish music from the Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band from 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM, the Celtic Duo Shishonnah from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM. The after party begins at 3:00 PM with the music of Screw City Saints. Entertainment continues throughout the afternoon and evening, finishing with Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press from 10:30 PM until closing.
Emmett’s will be serving Kegs N Eggs from 9:00 AM until 11:30 AM as well as traditional Irish foods and entertainment during the day. Bauer’s Brauhaus will also feature Irish food and drink specials as well as live entertainment. All throughout the day, an Irish Princess and Leprechaun, the parade grand marshals, will tour downtown businesses.
Paint the Town Green will be made possible through the time and financial support of a number of local companies. The sponsors are Durty Nellie's, Journal & Topics Newspaper, City Beverage, ElizEvents, Dr. Gerry Aylward of Chicagoland 4 Braces, Northop Grumman, Bauer’s Brauhaus, McNulty Irish Dancers and Palatine Bank & Trust. For more information on Paint the Town Green and the day’s events, please visit www.stpatspalatine.com or email email@example.com.