Mary Kate Manion, Queen of the 2018 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, visited City Hall accompanied by members of her court and the Shannon Rovers Pipe Band. Ms. Manion presented Alderman Edward M. Burke with a formal invitation to attend the downtown parade which kicks off at noon on Saturday, March 17 from the corner of Columbus and Balbo. A resident of Lincoln Park, Manion was chosen from 60 contestants to lead the parade. She is a graduate of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. Ms. Manion (center) and Court members (l-r) Madeline Mitchell, Nicole Coghlan, Catherine Coghlan and Maura Carr will represent Chicago’s Irish community at Irish events throughout the year.