pictured above (l to r): Humanitarian of the Year is Teamsters JC 25 President Mr. Terrence J. Hancock
On Sunday, March 17, 2019, the NorthWest Side Irish (NWSI) celebrates their 16th annual St. Patricks Day celebration. The Parade is a celebration of faith, family and heritage on the Northwest side of Chicago.
The NWSI parade kick’s off at 12:00 pm from Onahan School 6634 W. Raven, south on Neola to Northwest Highway, north on Northwest Highway to Harlem. The NWSI review stand is at the corner of Northwest Highway and Raven.
In 2004 Daniel Murray, a life long Sheet Metal worker and his daughter Elizabeth-Murray Belcaster founded the parade in memory of Daniel’s late wife, Judith Arlene Cregan Murray. Judith, like most Irish matriarchs was a strong Irish mother of five, Daniel Murray, Jr., Mary Jo Raysby (Murray), Brian Murray, Elizabeth Murray-Belcaster and Thomas Murray.
Judith passed on October 9th, 2002 and the Northwest Side Irish was founded in 2003. The first NWSI Parade took place in March of 2004.
It is now NWSI 16th year as a community organization with support from the City of Chicago Special Events, the Chicago Police and Fire Department, the 41st Ward office, Union Labor organizations, local businesses as well as family, friends and volunteers from abroad.
NWSI Founder Daniel Murray NWSI Parade Organizer Elizabeth Murray-Belcaster
NWSI President and Founder, Daniel Murray says “We have been blessed by so many over the years. Our success is defined by the support we have had from the community we live in. The support is inclusive to the City of Chicago, CPD and the residents and businesses who have participated and attended. It’s really been quite a journey. I never imagined at 83 years old I would be this active and engaged in my community. It truly is a blessing and there are too many to thank but we are so appreciative. It’s not just a parade it is truly is a celebration with family and friends. St Patrick and this day allows us the opportunity to celebrate.
Northwest Side Irish (NWSI) 2019 Grand Marshal is Mr. Bryan D. Hancock. Bryan Hancock is an inspiration to many young adults, in particular those who live in the Autism community. His success in life as a young adult with Autism is a success that NWSI is proud to highlight and one we know will inspire others. We are honored to have Bryan as our 2019 Grand Marshall
Northwest Side Irish 2019 Humanitarian of the Year is Teamsters JC 25 President Mr. Terrence J. Hancock. Terry Hancock is recognized as our NWSI 2019 Humanitarian for the many years of support he has leant to the Autism community and in particular his commitment to “In Search of a Cure”.
“Together we will cure autism,” Terrence J. Hancock said. “I’m so proud of my courageous and inspiring son Bryan for everything he’s given to me and the vital work that we do with the union and our charity. The millions we’ve already raised and the millions more still to come will benefit children and adults living with autism around Chicago now and long into the future.”
NWSI” 2019 Queen is Katelyn (Katie) Anne Kelly. Katie is a graduate of the Chicago School of Phlebotomy and very proud of her Irish Heritage as a young child she took Irish dancing and found her love for Irish music.
The Emerald Society Pipes and Drums will kick off the parade at 12:00pm with participants that include St. Patrick’s High School band and alumni, Notre Dame Band and Athletic Associations, William Howard Taft band and of course Trinity Irish Dance Academy along with many other Irish Dance and Music participants. The parade review stand and announcing area is at the corner of NWHWy and Raven.
NWSI has had a great deal of community support and sponsor over the years. The Joseph Mullarkey Distributors, Teamsters JC 25, Vulcan Materials and Ozinga Ready Mix, IBEW Local 134 and this year for the first time NWSI welcomes their first Whiskey sponsor, Jameson Irish Whiskey.
The NWSI 2019 Official After Party will take place immediately after the parade at Immaculate Conception Church at 7271 W. Talcott Avenue. The cost for the event is an admission of $10.00 per person plus and additional $5.00 wrist band for those partaking in alcoholic beverages and The cost for adults includes corned beef and cabbage and cabbage dinner, beer, wine (wristband holders only), soda and Eli’s Cheesecake for dessert. The cost for children 10 and under is $5.00 which includes provided hot dog, chips and a beverage. The cost also includes live entertainment including the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, DJ, raffles and many Irish Dance groups. NWSI afterparty also provides have face painting and balloon artists for the children as well.
The sole purpose of Northwest Side Irish is to promote our Irish Heritage, through organizing and managing the parade. NWSI takes great pride in raising awareness and funds for extended community efforts and charitable organizations. We have raised funds and awareness for many charitable communities over the past seven years. Misericordia, Muscular Dystrophy, Chicagoland Food Depository and Dixon Center for Veterans and Military Community Services are just a few. Veterans and Military Families have always had a special place with the parade as our founder Daniel Murray is an Army Veteran and co-Founder Elizabeth Murray Belcaster has been working with veterans and military families for the past ten years. For more information go to www.northwestsideirish.org.