Dundees to turn St. Pat’s Day into weekend celebration
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media February 13, 2014 4:16PM
Kevin Combest leads the East Dundee St. Patrick's Day Parade in March 2012. | File~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 14, 2014 2:37AM
This year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be a weekend affair for the Dundee area.
A fireworks show sponsored by Roger Shelton, owner of Bandito Barney’s pub in East Dundee, will kick off the Irish holiday at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, from the Fox River footbridge that connects West Dundee and East Dundee.
On Saturday, March 15, the annual Thom McNamee Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at 11 a.m. The parade will travel from Rosie O’Hare’s Public House on Water Street to Bandito Barney’s in downtown East Dundee.
McNamee, who passed away in 2009, was proprietor of both Rosie O’Hare’s Public House and Bandito Barney’s Beach Club, and he is credited for helping launch the village parade six years ago.
The parade, which draws many people from near and far every year, will include bands, step dancers, stilt walkers, horses, cavalry and more.
Donations of food and money will be taken during the parade for the FISH (Friend, I Shall Help) Food Pantry in Carpentersville. Attendees should watch for the Cart Clan pushing shopping carts next to the FISH Food float and help fill them with donations of nonperishable items. FISH volunteers will walk in the parade and accept monetary donations.
Parade organizers are encouraging community members to participate, especially families. A parade entry competition will be held, and judging will be based on four categories: musical, business, community and family.
“We’d really like to get everybody involved,” parade coordinator Eileen McNamee said.
The judging station will be at Barrington Avenue and River Street near the Dundee Depot, and the trophies will be awarded at the end of the parade.
People can start the morning of the parade early by participating in the annual Irish Jig Jog 5K and Pancake Breakfast, an event that supports the athletics program at West Dundee’s St. Catherine of Siena School, 845 W. Main St. Registration for the race is open. On race day, registration will begin at 7 a.m., followed by a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. Bagpipes begin at 8:15 a.m., and the race will kick off at 8:30 a.m. Results will be announced at 10 a.m. Following those, Irish dancers will perform at 10:30 a.m., and the raffle drawing will be at 10:45 a.m.
Fees for the March 15 Irish Jig Jog are $40 for the 5K entry, race shirt, race packet, breakfast and a beer for those age 21 and older; $140 for one $10,000 Shamrock Raffle ticket, 5K race entry, race shirt, race packet, pancake breakfast and a beer for ages 21 and older; or $100 for one $10,000 Shamrock Raffle ticket and a beer at the raffle drawing for ages 21 and over. More information about the run is at www.irishjigjog.com/.
More information about the parade can be found at http://dundeestpats.com/.