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The South Side Irish Parade Committee announces Shannon Zofkie will serve as the 2017 South Side Irish Parade Queen. Zofkie, 22, is from Chicago’s Beverly community and an alumna of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School. Currently, Zofkie is a senior at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Zofkie was one of 16 candidates who took part in the selection process held during the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Pre-Parade fundraising party on Saturday, February 25 at 115 Bourbon Street. The event raised funds to support the annual march down Western Avenue. The Queen will be prominently featured in the South Side Irish Parade on Sunday, March 12 and will also ride in the downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

“For as long as I can remember, the South Side Irish Parade has been my favorite day of the year bringing together generations of family and friends,” said Zofkie. “I’m proud to be from such a vibrant community that is home to this world famous parade,” added Zofkie.

Zofkie is also an experienced Irish dancer, having danced with the Dennehy School of Irish Dance for over 17 years. In addition to Irish dance, Zofkie enjoys playing the fiddle.

All Parade Queen candidates were interviewed individually by a panel of independent judges including, Julia Marmo, South Side Irish Queen Committee Chair, Mary Kate Love, the 2015 South Side Irish Queen, Margaret McGann, the 2013 South Side Irish Queen and Mary Kay Gavin-Marmo, Executive Director of Chicago Rose of Tralee.

“We are so excited for Shannon to serve as the 2017 South Side Irish Parade Queen,” said Mary Kay Gavin-Marmo, Executive Director of the Chicago Rose of Tralee. “Shannon has been involved with the Chicago Rose of Tralee since she was 9-years-old and we are so proud she will be wearing the crown for this year’s parade, added Gavin-Marmo”.

The South Side Irish Parade Queen will also receive sponsorship from the South Side Irish Parade Committee to compete in the Chicago Rose of Tralee Selection as the South Side Irish Rose. This selection process will take place on April 8, 2017, at Ridge Country Club.

The mission of the Chicago Rose of Tralee is to provide enrichment opportunities that will encourage young women of Irish descent to be exemplary role models for tomorrow’s youth and to make a positive difference in the world. The winner of the Chicago Rose of Tralee will receive an all-expense paid trip to Ireland for an experience of a lifetime and represent Chicago in a two-night televised event in Tralee, Ireland. For more information or to fill out a preliminary application for the Chicago Rose of Tralee visit www.chicagoroseoftralee.com.

South Side Irish Parade Film Fest:
The South Side Irish Parade Film Fest returns to the Beverly Arts Center on Saturday, March 4 as part of the festivities ahead of the South Side Irish Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The Film Fest will offer both an afternoon matinee showing of “On Broadway” and an evening feature presentation of “Sing Street”.

“On Broadway” tells the story of Boston carpenter, Jack O’Toole (Joey McIntyre) who writes a play inspired by his uncle’s wake. The film also features appearances by Will Arnett and Amy Poehler. The film highlights the importance of family and friends. The matinee begins at 3:00pm and the audience is invited to a sing-a-along with the Clancy Brothers during a short film presentation.

The evening session begins at 6:00pm with a cocktail reception and live traditional Irish music followed by the feature presentation of “Sing Street”. The Golden Globe nominated film is a coming of age tale set in 1985 in Dublin. Live Irish-American music, raffles and a cash bar will continue into the evening post-film showing.

Tickets are $10 for the matinee and $18 for the evening feature. A $25 ticket may also be purchased covering both the matinee and evening feature. To purchase tickets call the Beverly Arts Center box office at (773) 445-3838 or online at http://www.beverlyartcenter.org/.

About The South Side Irish Parade:
The parade is operated by the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, where more than 60 volunteers work year round to ensure this family-friendly celebration continues for future generations. The South Side Irish Parade is generously supported by sponsors including Lakeshore Beverage, CJ Wilson Mazda, AARP, The Beverly Review, South Side Irish Imports, Team Hochberg at PERL Mortgage, IUOE Local 150, AAA Evergreen Park Car Care, Raising Cane’s, County Fair Foods and IUOE Local 399.


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