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West Suburban Irish welcome Mayor Scott Wehrli as St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal

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Above / The annual WSI St. Patrick’s Day Parade always is a welcome break in winter and a fun time to meet and greet folks along the parade route. Mayor Scott Wehrli, pictured here in 2023, has been selected as the 2024 Grand Marshal. (PN File Photo)
 
The West Suburban Irish will host its annual Naperville St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sat., March 9, 2024, again stepping off near Naperville North High School at 10AM. 
 
More than 10,000 spectators are expected to be on hand to watch the parade as it runs through the streets of downtown Naperville, ending near Naperville Central High School.
 
The WSI St. Patrick’s Parade is a chance to revel in this historic and storied holiday that’s full of fun, frolic, clovers, leprechauns, green rivers and even a portrayer of St. Patrick! (PN File Photo)
“We are thrilled to have a unique mix of family entertainment this year, including pipe and drum bands, Irish dancers, and other Irish themed floats and parade entries,” said Rich Janor, Chairman of the Naperville St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  
 
The fun parade also will feature local businesses, community groups and nonprofits, police and fire groups and elected officials. The parade also will be televised and recorded by Naperville Community Television (NCTV17).   
 
Naperville Mayor Scott Wehrli has been selected by the West Suburban Irish as this year’s grand marshal. 
 
McNulty Irish Dancers step along Mill Street to celebrate St. Patrick. (PN File Photo)
“As an adopted son with Irish blood, I’m honored to serve as the Grand Marshal for the Naperville St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” stated Mayor Wehrli in a news release. “This event is a longtime family favorite; for years I proudly marched with my daughter’s McNulty Irish dance troupe.  Naperville cherishes this celebration of culture and heritage, where all who attend are a little Irish for the day.”
 
Even dogs get into the picture during the WSI St. Patrick’s Parade. (PN File Photo)

St. Patrick’s Parade registration now in progress

The parade committee is currently onboarding parade entries and sponsors. Interested parties can visit WSIrish.org and/or contact Naperville St. Patrick’s Day Parade Chairman, Rich Janor, at Rich@Janor.com or 847-477-7507 mobile/text. 
 
For general information about the parade and/or the West Suburban Irish organization, visit WSIrish.org.    
 
 
 

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