ST. CHARLES – John Wredling, the namesake of Wredling Middle School in St. Charles, will serve as the grand marshal for the 15th annual St. Patrick's Parade. The event takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in downtown St. Charles. It is sponsored by the Downtown St. Charles Partnership.
Wredling will turn 100 years old on the day after the parade.
Wredling is a World War II veteran and former superintendent of School District 303 from 1958 to 1972.
This year’s parade will feature pipe and drum bands, local dance troupes, floats, and an array of business and community entries. In addition to the parade, the St. Charles Veterinary Clinic is sponsoring a Deck out Your Lucky Dog Contest, and decorated dogs will be invited to walk in the parade. The Arcada Theatre will host a dance show that features area dance troupes beginning at 10 a.m.
The Downtown St. Charles Partnership is accepting entries from local businesses and nonprofit organizations that would like to participate in the parade, which extends from Sixth Street to Fourth Avenue. Organizations and business that wish to participate must complete an entry form, obtain a certificate of insurance, sign off on the rules and regulations, and return the documents along with the appropriate entrance fee, if required, to the Downtown St. Charles Partnership office by Friday, Feb. 14.
The Entry fee is $250 for businesses, $125 for DSCP members, and free for nonprofit organizations.