Palatine will ‘Paint the Town Green’ on Saturday, March 14th with the community’s 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration which includes a parade and festivities in 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, a scavenger hunt and we’ll be collecting items to support the homeless and near-homeless served by Journeys the Road Home. This is going to be a great day to be Irish or pretend to be Irish.”
The parade, which begins at 11:00 AM, will feature nearly 50 entries including the founders of Paint the Town Green Grand Marshals Jim Dolezal of Durty Nellies and Liz Noe from ElizEvents. Irish music will be provided by the Midlothian Scottish Bagpipe Band. The Trinity Irish Dancers, the Palatine Beer Club & Families, and numerous other Irish themed floats will also add to the entertainment. “He won’t give you his pot of gold, but keep an eye out for Lucky McClover and his sweetheart Katie M’Lady,” said Noe. “They’ll be spreading Irish cheer around town during and after the parade.”
The parade will serve to collect donations for Journeys the Road Home, an organization serving the homeless and near-homeless in the north and northwest suburbs. During the parade, marchers with shopping carts will collect food, clothing and disposable paper products for the organization. The parade begins at the corner of Wood and Oak Streets in downtown Palatine and continues west on Wood to Smith and north to Colfax. Donations can also be made at the Irish market under the tent outside of Durty Nellie's located at 180 North Smith Street in downtown Palatine.
Paint the Town Green’s Irish Market will feature 11 vendors. For the Irish at heart, Lady Jo’s Lids will have Irish trinkets and Colleen & Devin Gallagher will be selling Irish soda bread. Durty Nellies will be selling corn beef sandwiches and Irish beers to wash the sandwiches down. Trinity Irish Dancers will perform from 1:00 PM until 1:30 PM and give lessons to interested parties from 12:30 PM until 1:00 PM and then from 1:30 PM until 2:00 PM.
The Irish Market will also be the kick-off location for the photo scavenger hunt. Last-minute registration will be available at their booth and all entrants must register at the booth for the clues as well as to download the app between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM to participate in the hunt. If you were unable to drop off your donation to Journey’s at the parade, you can leave your donation at the scavenger hunt booth. You’ll be able to learn about remodeling your home from ERG Elite Remodeling or using solar energy instead of the utility companies from Solgen Power. Orangetheory Fitness will show you how to train smarter and Kenneth Young will provide guidance in preventing underage drinking.
“Entertainment is being planned at a number of local businesses, bars, and restaurants throughout the day,” said Noe. “Some of the establishments participating are Durty Nellies, Emmett’s Ale House and TJ O’Brien’s Bar & Grill. A full schedule of events is available on our web site at stpatspalatine.com. This festival is going to be a full day of fun for the whole family!”
Durty Nellie’s will provide music and add Irish treats. From 8:00 AM until Noon they will be serving a traditional Irish breakfast including scrambled eggs, potatoes O’Brien, bacon, Irish bangers, corned beef hash, fresh fruit, dessert and more. The entertainment continues from Noon until 11:00 PM and will include the Trinity Irish Dancers, competing bagpipers, acoustic acts, the band Hey Jimmy and green beer.
Emmett’s Ale House will be serving Kegs & Eggs from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM as well as corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, horseradish salmon, corned beef sandwiches in addition to their regular menu throughout the day. After the parade at approximately 1:00 PM, Emmett’s will conduct a firkin tapping ceremony of Defiance Irish Red and Anvil Irish Dry Stout beers where a spigot is driven into a small wooden keg with a wooden mallet. “Joining in on the festivities is Palatine’s Irish sports bar, TJ O’Brien’s Bar & Grill,” said Noe. “O’Brien’s will be serving Guinness, green beer and a number of Irish dishes including corn beef and Reuben sandwiches.”
The ‘Paint the Town Green’ event continues to enhance Palatine’s position as a destination town for public festivals. The premier sponsor and presenter of the festival is Durty Nellie’s. The media sponsor is the Daily Herald Media Group. Other sponsors include Michael Harry Minton for Judge and the Kenneth Young Center.