St. Patrick's parade Queen contest opens

The organizers of Chicago's 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade announced plans for a city-wide search for "Chicago's fairest Colleen."

She will represent the Chicago Irish community as the Queen of the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The queen and her court of four will be expected to attend civic, neighborhood, parish and Irish events on behalf of the parade committee.

Any girl of Irish ancestry, never married, 17 to 27 years old, is eligible to enter the contest. Entrants should send a snapshot with name, age, address, phone number and brief biography and explanation on why you want to be queen. If you would like to download an application, please visit our website at chicagost

Contest finals will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, in the Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago. Deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 8.

The parade will be held in downtown Chicago on Saturday, March 16.

Email your application to lisa@ or mail to Queen Contest, 1400 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607.