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 be a member of the 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?

Yes! Like us on Facebook here:

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

To become a member, please visit our membership page. You may either download and print the membership application form to mail the form along with payment (checks made payable to the St Patrick Society), or complete the online membership application and pay online with PayPal.

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.

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

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

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 last full weekend of August.  The Irish Festival takes place on the Festival
Park Grounds on the Peoria Riverfront and begins on Friday Evening and continues through Sunday Evening.

For more details please visit the Peoria Irish Fest – Eris Feis event site:

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 volunteer with the Parade. Please contact us and let us know you want to volunteer!

You may volunteer to assist with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade or any of our other events by sending a message by clicking here or emailing [email protected].

A reply to your message should be received within 48 hours.

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

No, membership is not required to volunteer or participate; however, Society members are provided with first choice opportunities when they seek to fill volunteer positions.

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 Society “Irish Newsletters”
• 10% Discount on Irish Merchandise Purchased at Peoria Flag and Decorating