St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Naperville had you covered on all ends today for your Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, Irish or not.

The jig began early this morning with the Rotary of Naperville Sunrise Saint Patrick’s Day 5k.

Dressed to impress any fan of green, this group sure knew how to put a little fun into the run and give back to those in need.

“Well it’s Saint Patrick’s day, I’m ready for my run, I’m excited, it’s a little cold but I’m ready to get started,” said Lauren Lehnhardt, participant in the Rotary of Naperville Sunrise Saint Patrick’s Day 5k.

“I always have a good time even though I don’t like running, it’s so much fun that it doesn’t matter,” said Mike Williams, participant in the Rotary of Naperville Sunrise Saint Patrick’s Day 5k.

And with that, they were off, and headed right in the direction of the other celebrations around town.

The Saint Patrick’s Day parade hosted by West Suburban Irish drew a huge crowd to the streets.

“Very excited we love the parade it’s one of our favorite times of the year,” said Dan Eugea, parade attendee.

And for good reason. Between the marching bands, dancers, bagpipes and costumes, it was sure to please the eyes and ears, and maybe even those running for a spot in the upcoming election.

As Mayor Pradel marched his last parade as the city’s leader, others looking to hold office quickly followed behind.

“It’s election time and we see some names that we’ve never heard of so it’s nice to see that,” said George, parade attendee.

Plenty of politicians used this as a chance to get their name in the open and celebrate the holiday along the way.


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