Plainfield celebrates everything 'Irish' Sunday with parade, festivities

Brock A. Stein | 3/10/2015, 10:32 a.m.
The Hometown Irish Parade starts at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a variety of family activities in downtown ...
Marching bagpipe bands are among the highlights of the annual Hometown Irish Parade, which which will be held this Sunday in downtown Plainfield. Brock A. Stein

All things Irish will be celebrated Sunday at Plainfield's annual Hometown Irish Parade, which steps off at 1 p.m.

All things Irish will be celebrated Sunday at Plainfield's annual Hometown Irish Parade, which steps off at 1 p.m.

Residents can get a jolt of green ahead of the spring thaw this Sunday when Plainfield's Hometown Irish Parade kicks off at 1 p.m.

This is the 13th year for the parade, which started in 2002 as a neighborhood celebration to commemorate St. Patrick's Day.

The event has grown over the years to include most of Plainfield, with a parade that marches down Lockport Street complete with bagpipes, floats and bands, and includes other downtown events.

So far, 75 parade entries are signed up to take part in this year's event. About 4,000 spectators attended last year.

The parade will begin on Commercial Street at the Plainfield Central High School campus, proceed north along James Street, east on Lockport, and north on Illinois Street before returning to PCHS.

This year's event is being organized by the Village Preservation Association, which is also setting up a family activities tent at the Andreasen Travel/Courtyard Building, 24103 W. Lockport. Events will include face painting, balloon art, a coloring contest and a bag toss for kids.

Food from downtown restaurants will be available as from two food trucks that will be on site near the events tent.

Entertainment from area bagpipe bands and Irish dance demonstrations will be held at the entertainment tent as well.

Parade attendees may also catch a glimpse of 2015 Parade Princess Colleen McCann, a sophomore honors student who attends Plainfield East High School.

This year's parade grand marshal is longtime resident Dan Cassidy, who has served as president of the Village Preservation Association for four years.

Plainfield police will be closing streets near the downtown starting at noon Sunday. Those roadways include portions of Chicago, Ottawa, Des Plaines and Fox River streets in addition to the streets included in the parade route. All should reopen by 2:30 p.m., with the exception of Des Plaines, Lockport and Chicago.