Irish Marching Society presents Missing Links

The Irish Marching Society (IMS) has announced the main act for the 27th annual St. Patrick’s Day party to be held Saturday, March 12, will be The Missing Links. The party begins at 4 p.m. at the Verdi Club, 782 N. Madison St., following the annual parade.

Lori Cass, first vice president of the IMS, is excited about the band. “The Missing Links has a great sound,” she said. “We feel they are the perfect band for our celebration.”

The Missing Links will begin their set at 8 p.m. The party will also feature Irish dancers, Irish food, and Irish products. Admission is $7, and children younger than 12 are admitted free. Everyone attending is asked to bring one nonperishable food item to be given to the local food pantry.

“The Missing Links have won multiple ‘Best of Rockford’ awards, RAMI awards, and were inducted into the RAMI Hall of Fame,” Cass said. “This group produces a sound sure to keep everyone dancing.”

The mission of the Irish Marching Society is to unite those of Irish heritage with those who enjoy Irish culture. Membership in the organization is open to all. Five men of Irish descent founded the Irish Marching Society in 1978. The party came first, and the parade followed the next year. The idea was to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade and party featuring families of Irish heritage.

The party raises funds through admission ticket sales, food and beverage sales, and sponsorship. More than $5,000 raised from the last few years’ celebration has been donated to various worthy causes, including $1,000 to the Cornucopia Food Pantry, $1,000 to Civic Wealth Foundation, $1,000 to the Rockford Public Library to purchase Irish cultural materials, $1,000 in scholarships to study Irish dance, and $1,000 to produce performance dresses for students of Irish dance.

For more information, or to join the Irish Marching Society, visit www.irishmarching

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