The Irish Colleen
Each year prior to the parade, SaPaDaPaSo members nominate an Irish Colleen. The Irish Colleen is an extra touch of class for the parade. She is a young girl of Irish decent who is selected by a panel of judges, based upon a questionnaire and submitted photo. She serves as a hostess at the Irish Hooley, rides in a convertible during the parade, and helps distribute awards at the after-parade celebration. This honored position is a position of prestige in the Irish community.