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2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade

Downtown Naperville


March 12, 2016

10:00 am

Céad míle fáilte!

2015 Parade Trophies:

Founder's Award: Houlihan Clan

Best Float: Parade Queen & Court & Rosebuds

Best Band: Somonauk High School

Best Pipe & Drums: Chicago Highlanders

Best Four-Legged Entry: Edward Elmhurst Animal Assisted Therapy

Best Youth Group: Young Naperville Singers

Best New Group: Diamonds in the Rough


2015 Parade Queen & Court

Parade Queen - Noelle Johnston


Noelle is a student at Naperville North High School. She has participated in the West Suburban Irish Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and the Emerald Dinner since she was a child. She remembers riding a float in the parade when she was five and for many years after that. She and her siblings have been great helps in decorating the ballroom for the Emerald Dinner for many years. Noelle traces her Irish roots on her father’s side to Patrick Kelly, from County Limerick in 1850 and to Annie Macklin, born in 1861 in County Galway.  

Queen's Court:

Joining Noelle on the Queen’s Court:

Allison Clymer, Neuqua Valley High School. Allison’s great grandparents hailed from Roscommon and Mayo. Her great-grandmother’s home is featured in the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City.

Lucy Zimmerman, Benet Academy. Lucy has been a dancer with McNulty Irish dancers since she was seven years old.

Erin Feldman, Naperville Central High School. Erin’s great-grandparents were from Cork and Kerry.

Gabrielle Santucci, Waubonsie Valley High School. Gabi can trace her great-grandfather on her mother’s side to Cork.  


Elizabeth Wronski - age 9

Molly Baehl - age 7

Natalie Richards - age 8

Sloane Cieckiewicz - age 8

The West Suburban Irish Parade Queen is chosen based on her Irish ancestry, and her high school and community involvement.

2015 Grand Marshal

The 2015 Grand Marshal is Brian Cunningham!

Brian Cunningham is a Deputy Chief with the Naperville Police Department. He first joined the Naperville Police Department as a Patrol Officer in June 1986. He has served as a Patrol Supervisor, Special Enforcement Unit Supervisor, Major Crimes Unit Supervisor, Patrol Commander, and Investigations Commander before being appointed to the position of Deputy Chief in 2013. He has also served as DuPage Major Crimes Task Force Commander since 1999.  He is a member of the Naperville Honor Guard member and is the recipient of several Naperville Police Department awards, including the Distinguished Service Award, VFW Officer of the Year and the Pradel Award.

Brian's parents both hail from Ireland.  His mother, Breda, comes from Ballidavid, County Kerry (home of the all-Ireland 2014 champion footballers) and his father, Stephen, was from Loughglynn, County Roscommon. His parents emigrated to America and settled on the south side of Chicago were they raised six children.  His parents were very involved in the Irish community and they passed their love of Irish dance and music to each of their children.  Brian's mother was an accomplished Ceili dancer and his father was a well known singer of Irish ballads and the former manager of Hanley's House of Happiness Pub in Chicago.  Brian learned to play tin whistle, bagpipes and is still attempting to master uilleann pipes in honor of his parents.  Brian was a member of the renown Irish punk rock band, the Sharky Doyles, and has been a long time member of the Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society. 

Congrats to Brian!

NCTV17 broadcasts the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

  Watch on Channel 17 in Naperville, or through simultaneous video streaming at www.NCTV17.com.   


Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise


State Senator Michael Connelly


Green T Services



McNulty Irish Dancers


Quigley's Irish Pub


Ryan Hill Realty


BMO Harris Bank


Re/Max of Naperville


First Community Bank of Naperville


Bright Horizons

Councilman Paul Hinterlong


Councilwoman Judy Brodhead


Councilman Joe McElroy



Steve Chirico for Mayor


Rebecca Obarski for Council

John Colletti for Council



Deanne Mazzochi for COD Trustee


Wheatland Ducks Baseball Club


Thanks also to the following in-kind sponsors:

The City of Naperville SECA Fund

95.9 The River

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Naperville Park District


Parade Sponsorship Opportunities:

Contact info @ wsirish.org for information.

For those participating in the Parade:

Please arrive at Naperville North High School between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Please have everyone in your group know you lineup number so they can quickly go to your place in line.

Line-up numbers will be provided a week before the Parade to the Contact Person.

Parking at Naperville North is very limited, so please carpool or have someone drop off your participants at Naperville North.

There is NO PARADE PARKING in the West lot of the school. Please park in the lot in the Northeast corner of the school property.

Cars, floats, trucks, etc., can only enter Naperville North off of Mill Street, heading South from Ogden Avenue.

Please respect the directions given by Naperville Police officers and West Suburban Irish volunteers at the staging area.

A map of the staging area can be found by clicking here.

The Parade route, and information on handicap parking and designated viewing area, are found here.

REMINDER: the Parade Route goes under a bridge. Maximum height for any float or truck is Twelve Feet (12').

REMINDERS: the Parade is a family event, and takes place on public property. Please conduct yourselves appropriately. Please no alcohol before or during the Parade. Please do not throw candy or other objects. You may hand out candy, literature, or other objects to persons along the Parade route.

REMINDER: Please do your part to keep the Parade moving along! Be on time to start, and keep up with the group ahead of you. During the Parade, and at the end of the Parade route, please do not stop and hold up those behind you.

Thanks to all participants!

Photos are linked HERE.

Check out our pictures from 2012 and prior years.


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