Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to be Irish to be a member of the St. Patrick Society of Peoria? Is membership only available to Catholics?

No, you do not have to be of Irish descent or Catholic faith to join the St. Patrick Society of Peoria.

To become a member it is expected that you support the Society’s purpose: “to perpetuate the heritage and history of the Irish people and to promote their ideals, traditions, and culture.”

Does the St. Patrick Society participate in social media?

We sure do!  Like us on Facebook here:

Although we strive to keep all of our media outlets up to date, Facebook often offers the most current event information.

You can also follow us on Twitter: @PeoriaIrishFest or Instagram: #PeoriaIrishFest

How do I join the St. Patrick Society of Peoria?

To become a member, please visit our membership page where you can either download and print our membership application to mail in along with payment, or register and pay online using our new Society Membership Registration Form.

The membership year is January 1 through December 31.

When is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade held?

The St. Patrick Society of Peoria sponsors the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th of each year – rain, snow, or shine. Sometimes all three.

The Parade usually begins at 11:00 AM on March 17th.  When the 17th falls on a Sunday, the Parade will begin at 2:00 PM.

For more information, including registration info, click on the Events tab.

When is The Peoria Irish Fest / Erin Feis held on the Peoria RiverFront?

Peoria Irish Fest / Erin Feis, the 3-Day Irish Festival, is sponsored by the St. Patrick Society in partnership with the Peoria Park District on the fourth full week-end of August.  The festival takes place on the Peoria RiverFront and begins on Friday Evening and continues through Sunday Evening.

For more details please visit the event site:

Are leprechauns real?

Of course they are. Who do you think answers the messages when you click Contact Us?



I don’t believe you. Can someone write a letter to this leprechaun and get a response?

We actually have two leprechauns on staff (one full time, and the other comes in as needed during the busy season) who would love to hear from you!
Send them a letter to our PO Box or Email address shown in “Contact Us” and hopefully one of them will write back when they’re done causing mischief!

Everyone seems to have such a good time participating in your St. Patrick Day Parade and Party. How can I join in the fun?

There are several ways you can help out with both events. Please contact us and let us know you want to join us!

You may volunteer to assist with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, St. Patrick’s Day Party, or many of our other events by sending the Society a message by clicking here or visiting the “Contact Us” section.

We will return your message within 48 hours.

Do I have to be a member to participate or volunteer in events sponsored by the St. Patrick Society of Peoria?

Membership is not required to volunteer or participate, but many of the more desirable positions fill up quickly, and current society members will be given first choice!

What benefits do I get being a member of the St. Patrick Society of Peoria?

Membership benefits include the following if you present your valid membership card:

  • 10% Discount on all Society Merchandise
  • Special Admission Rates to selected Society Events
  • Periodic “Irish Newsletters” that feature Society News
  • Central Illinois Irish News Book published each March
  • 10% discount on all Irish merchandise purchased at Peoria Flag and Decorating