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2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade

Downtown Naperville


March 12, 2016

10:00 am

Céad míle fáilte!


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2016 Parade Queen & Court

Parade Queen - Allison Clymer

Allison is a senior at Neuqua Valley High School. Her great-grandparents emigrated from Roscommon and Mayo. Her great-grandmother’s stone cottage is the centerpiece of the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City. She plays the viola and is part of the Grammy-award winning NVHS Orchestra. She’s also a member of the NVHS Improv Group and was selected to be a Student Director for the Freshman One Acts production.

Allison is a member of the NVHS Track and Field Team and Young Life, and during her free time she volunteers at Safety Town and Central DuPage Hospital. In the fall, Allison will be attending Oklahoma State University to major in Apparel Merchandising.

Queen's Court:

Joining Allison on the Queen’s Court is Lauren Wood, who attends St. Francis High School, Wheaton. Lauren is captain of her school swim team, involved in many school and community activities, and danced with McNulty Irish Dancers. Her family tree is chock full of good Irish people from County Clare and County Kerry who came to America around the time of the Civil War. Her mother’s side of the family are proud to say they are South Side Irish.

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

2016 Grand Marshal

The 2016 Grand Marshal is Patrick Bowler!

The 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal, Patrick Bowler, lives in Naperville with his wife, Pam. They have three daughters, one son and countless golden retrievers.  Pat has six grandchildren, and expecting a seventh in April. Pat grew up on the northwest side of Chicago.

Pat’s Irish-American Heritage dates back to 1865, when his Great-great-grandfather James Bowler emigrated from Ireland and served on the Chicago Police Force from 1874 to 1921. Lieutenant Bowler, known for being incorruptible, became known as a hero for his police service during the Haymarket Riot in 1886.

Pat has served as President of Naperville Responds for Our Veterans, has been a head and an assistant coach with the North Central College Golf Men's and Women's Team and works for Scheck Lumber Company.

Congrats to Patrick!


(Ages 5-9)

The West Suburban Irish is seeking:
ROSE BUDS for the 2016

The Rose Buds (girls age 5-11) will all be accepted, space permitting.

The Rose Buds will ride on a float wearing a tiara and cape with the queen and her court at the parade as well as be introduced at the Emerald Dinner.
If you are interested please fill out the Rosebud Form.

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


Peter Roskam for Congress


State Senator Michael Connelly


Green T Services



McNulty Irish Dancers


Quigley's Irish Pub


Re/Max of Naperville


Bright Horizons

Tonia Khouri for Congress

Tonia Khouri


Carl Schultz for Forest Preserve Board



john greene Realtor

Naperville Real Estate and Oswego Real Estate. john greene Realtor


Patriots Youth Travel Football


Jay Kinzler for Congress


Napoleon Harris for Senate

Thanks also to the following in-kind sponsors:

The City of Naperville SECA Fund

95.9 The River

logo the river 

Naperville Park District


Naperville Night Out


Naperville Country Club

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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Last modified: 03/09/2016