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Plainfield Irish Parade Returns March 16

The13th annual parade will wind its way through downtown Plainfield.

2013 Plainfield Irish Parade Katie Cassidy waves to the crowd. Credit: Patch file photo
2013 Plainfield Irish Parade Katie Cassidy waves to the crowd. Credit: Patch file photo
The Village Preservation Association will bring the 13th annual Plainfield Hometown Irish Parade to the village on Sunday, March 16.

The event got its start as a small neighborhood parade and has grown into a downtown Plainfield festivity with thousands of attendees.

Trustees approved this year's parade on Monday, but not without hearing concerns from village officials.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Mayor Mike Collins urged organizers to limit the event to 75 parade entries, saying any more than that can get "disruptive."

Chicago Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk was accused of getting disruptive last year and had to be removed from the parade for vehicle surfing, according to the report, while some entrants violated a rule that prohibits throwing items into the crowd.  The parade reportedly cost the village $5,000 in overtime pay for police.

Last year's parade coincided with the Naperville Knights of Columbus Holy Spirit Council's St. Baldrick's fundraiser, which raised more than $34,000 (and counting) to fight children's cancers.

Check back with Patch for more details on the 2014 Irish parade, and visit the official parade website in the weeks to come.

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