The Wee Folks of Washtenaw & Talman, founders of this great parade, along with the South Side Irish Parade Committee, would like to announce the 2022 South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade has returned! Tradition Marches On!
“Thankful for Catholic Elementary School Teachers” as Grand Marshall; Tom Hopkins Foundation Named as Parade Honoree
The South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee – set for Sunday, March 13th – has chosen “Thankful for Catholic Elementary School Teachers” as the Grand Marshal for 2022. In 2020, these educators had been set to receive their honor, so finally, they will be recognized. The Committee appreciates the hardworking teachers who educate Chicago’s Catholic school students, particularly during these challenging times. The Grand Marshal unit will feature local area Catholic schools led by their school principals, teachers and staff.
“Our local Catholic elementary school teachers and students represent the themes that we hold dear and are worthy of the Grand Marshall moniker again for 2022. We are also pleased to honor the Tom Hopkins Foundation and to announce Bailey O’Connell as our Parade Queen for 2022. We are a family-friendly event, and we are very happy to be celebrating our community once again,” says Don Larisey, Co-Chair of the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The Tom Hopkins Foundation, founded by the children of Tom Hopkins, or “Papa Hops”, strives to assist families affected by cancer and to support youth athletics.
Parade Queen Bailey O’Connell, who had been selected in 2020. Bailey grew up in Mount Greenwood and is an alumna of Mount Greenwood Elementary and Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School. The South Side Irish Parade Queen will receive sponsorship from the South Side Irish Parade Committee to compete in the Chicago Rose of Tralee Selection as the South Side Irish Rose. The mission of the Chicago Rose of Tralee is to provide enrichment opportunities that will encourage young women of Irish descent to be exemplary role models for tomorrow’s youth and to make a positive difference in the world.
“The South Side Irish Parade was created on the themes of faith, family, community and Irish heritage. We are very happy to be back this year and be assured that we will be following health and safety guidelines from our Public Health officials,” adds Larisey