The search is on for Chicago's 2019 parade queen

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee in Chicago is currently on the hunt for their 2019 parade queen.

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James F. Coyne, the General Chairman of the 2019 Downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, formally announced a city-wide search for “Chicago’s fairest Colleen,” who will go on to be a representative for the Irish community in Chicago.

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

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Applicants must be of Irish ancestry, never married, and between the ages of 18 and 28.

Potential parade queens can enter by sending in an explanation of why they would like to be the 2019 parade queen, along with their picture and information. The application form is available online.

The Chicago parade queen will be chosen on January 20, and the deadline to enter is January 15. The Downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade steps off on Saturday, March 16 at noon and will be broadcast live on ABC 7.

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In 2018, Irish American Mary Kate Manion was chosen as the parade queen. Watch her talking with ABC 7 in 2018 here: 

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Mary Kate Manion, center, was the Parade Queen for 2018Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade