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Chicago Celebrates the St. Patrick’s Day Parade by Turning the Chicago River Green

There are so many great traditions for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago. The Queen’s Contest featuring Eli’s Bailey’s and Irish Mint Cheesecake with Eli’s Maureen Schulman as a  judge, Mayor’s Daley for the Parade Committee featuring a selection of Eli’s Cheesecake’s, the visit by the Queen and her Court to Eli’s and the New Horizon Center for the Developmentally Disabled on the Day before the Parade and the River being dyed green on the day of the Parade.

The Chicago Sun Times shared some great fact about the Chicago River be dyed Green in its Saturday Edition.


• The Chicago River was first dyed green in 1962 to coincide with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. That year, 100 pounds of dye — stirred up by motorboats — turned the water green for a week.

• The guy who came up with the idea, the late Steve Bailey, a former plumbers union business agent, told reporters at the time that he expected, “The Chicago River will dye the Illinois, which will dye the Mississippi, which will dye the Gulf of Mexico, which will send      green dye up the Gulf Stream across the North Atlantic into the Irish Sea, a sea of green surrounding the land will appear as a greeting to all Irishmen of the Emerald Isle from the men of Erin in Chicago.”

• The dye is a fine orange powder that turns bright green when mixed with water.

• The recipe of the vegetable-based dye is a secret.

• Each year on parade day, a crew led by Mike Butler uses about 40 pounds of dye which — depending on river currents — turns the river green for about five hours.

• The river is dyed on the Saturday of the Parade at 10:45 a.m. The best place to watch the process is on the upper bridges on Michigan and Columbus.
Eli’s Maureen and Elana Schulman went out on the cool Saturday to cheer on St. Patrick’s Day Queen, Kerry Ann Brennan, and to see the Chicago River turn Green. Thanks to Elana and Maureen for the great photos.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Adds a Touch of Green to the 2010 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen’s Contest!

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One of the longest standing traditions at Eli’s, started by our beloved Rita Tierney in 1986, is providing Eli’s Irish Mint and Eli’s Cheesecake made with Bailey’s for the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen’s Contest,

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Eli’s Maureen Schulman serves each year as one of the judges for the Queen’s Contest. With so many talented and qualified contestants, it is very hard to pick a winner. Above are five finalists who will serve as the Queen and her Court.

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The final two contestants—the Queen and the Runner-up.

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The winner is announced—Kerry Anne Brennan.

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The 2009 Queen, Julie Ann Popp. crowns Kerry Anne Brennan, the 2010 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen

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Serving as the Queen of the St. Patrick’s Parade Parade and a Member of Her Court  results in a very busy month of public and media appearances leading up to the Parade on Saturday, March 13th, 2010. We are delighted that the Queen and Her Court will be visiting Eli’s Cheesecake World on Thursday, March 11th and then will bring greetings to the students at our neighbor, the New Horizon Center for the Developmentally Disabled.

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Eli’s Maureen Schulman presents an Eli’s Cheesecake made with Bailey’s Irish Cream to the Queen and each member of her Court.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Brings Dessert as the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Selects it 2008 Parade Queen

One of our richest traditions at Eli’s is our annual participation in the St. Patrick’s Day Queens Contest. It dates back to my dad, Eli Schulman, hosted plumbing industry leaders Ed Brabec and Dan Lydon, as they planned the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the City. It continues today with my wife and Eli’s Director of Public Relations, Maureen Schulman, serving as one of the judges for
the Queen’s Contest.









Bob Ryan, emcee of the Queen’s Contest thanks Eli’s for providing cheesecakes for the guests at the Contest.







The tradition of Eli’s Cheesecake bringing dessert to the Queen’s Contest dates back over 20 years ago. It was Eli’s dear associate and friend, Rita Tierney, who suggested Eli’s create a green Irish Mint Cheesecake for the event. Today joined by Eli’s Bailey Cheesecake and Eli’s Original, the tradition
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Bob Ryan and Eli’s Maureen Schulman celebrate another successful year for the Queen’s Contest. Maureen has been a judge for the Queen’s Contest most of the years that we have provided dessert. It is the role of the distinguished judges to interview the over 100 applicants each year to pick a Queen that demonstrates “the qualities of grace, sincerity, beauty, sense of humor, poise, personality and wit” that makes this good will ambassador for the Parade so important.

Eileen Kapolnek of Park Ridge is named the Queen of the 2008 and 52nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade






Marc and Maureen Schulman present Eli’s Bailey’s Cheesecake to the Queen and her Court.







The official photograph of Queen Kapolnek and her Court. From left to right the Queens Court consists of; Miss Maureen Hawkins, Miss Julie Popp, Queen Eileen Kapolnek, Miss Patricia Garrity and Miss Kerry Anne Brennan.

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