Francis Cardinal George NAMED GRAND MARSHALL
OF CHICAGO’S 52 nd ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
Chicago, IL ( March 9, 2007 )— Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will serve as the Grand Marshall of Chicago’s 52 nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 17. Cardinal George, whose ancestry is three-quarters Irish, is the first Archbishop of Chicago to be named Grand Marshall of the parade, which will step off at 12 p.m. from Balbo and Columbus Drives.
Many dignitaries, including Guest of Honor, Rev. David Cloak, Chaplain, U.S.M.C., Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will walk with the Cardinal along the parade route to Monroe St. and Columbus Dr.
Earlier that morning, and as part of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Civic Celebration, the Cardinal will celebrate the 9 a.m. Mass at Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St. The Mass will feature music by traditional Celtic musicians, the Old St. Patrick’s choir and cantors, the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band and a performance by the Sheila Tully Irish Stepdancers. Seating is first come, first serve, and doors open to the public at 7 a.m.
Many schools and other Archdiocesan groups will participate in the 90-minute parade that will be broadcast live on ABC-TV Ch. 7 and WGN-TV Ch. 9, including:
- A float made by teens from the Foundations Youth Ministry of Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St. will occupy the parade’s 16 th position. Between 20 and 30 young adults will accompany the float. For more information on the parish and Foundations Youth Ministry, go to: www.oldstpats.org.
- Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., will have a float honoring its 2007 Shamrocks for Kids Campaign in position 33 of the parade. Over 200 volunteers will be marching alongside the float to create awareness for the home for neglected children that began in 1887. The volunteers will be handing out shamrocks, ice cream, cookies and breakfast cereal along the parade route. For more information on Mercy Home, go to: www.mercyhome.org.
- Thirty-five students from Club Erin from St. Ignatius College Prep, 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd., will occupy position 71 of the parade. For more information on the Gaelic and Irish culture, history, heritage and current events club, and the co-ed high school founded in 1869, go to: www.ignatius.org or call 312-421-5900.
- Making its 41 st appearance in the parade in position 51 will be The Marching Redhawks from Marist High School, 4200 W. 115th St. The 148-member marching band will be led by Mr. Rocco Carioto, Director and Mr. Andrew Creagh, Assistant Director. Every year, The Marching Redhawks appear in numerous parades and at college bowl games across the country. For more information on the band, as well as the co-ed college preparatory high school founded in 1963, go to: www.marist.net or call 773-881-5300.
- The marching band from De La Salle Institute will occupy position 137 in the 172-position parade. The co-ed high school operates a young men’s campus at 3434 S. Michigan Ave., and a young women’s campus at 1040 W. 32 nd St. For more information on the band and the institute which was founded in 1889, go to: www.dls.org or call 312-842-7355 or 773-650-6800.