ST. CHARLES – The grand marshal for the 2013 St. Patrick’s Parade will be the woman responsible for starting the event, the Downtown St. Charles Partnership announced Monday.
Rosie Martinez approached the city about organizing a St. Patrick’s Parade in 1999, a year after Maurice McNally invited her to leave Dublin to open McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub in St. Charles.
“I wanted to bring a piece of my culture to St. Charles and show how we really do it back home,” Martinez said in a statement. “We wanted to bring a piece of Ireland to St. Charles.”
According to the partnership, Martinez and 15 volunteers established the first parade with the Downtown St. Charles Partnership, the Chamber of Commerce and city cooperation.
Martinez now works as a hairdresser for Colour Line Hair Studio in Geneva and is part of the management team at McNally’s Irish Pub.
The 2013 St. Patrick’s Parade is set for 2 p.m. March 16 on Main Street from Sixth Street to Fourth Avenue. It will feature bands, Irish dancers, Irish music, floats, school groups and service clubs.
The St. Charles Veterinary Clinic will sponsor a Deck Out Your Lucky Dog contest, and decorated dogs will be invited to walk in the parade. The Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., also will host a dance show featuring area dance troupes beginning at 10 a.m.
For information, visit www.DowntownStCharles.org, call the Downtown St. Charles Partnership office at 630-443-3967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.