Queen Colleen

Each year the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee holds its Queen Colleen contest in February in preparation for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The Colorado Emerald Society has been fortunate to sponsor several of its member’s qualified candidates over the years.  If you have a candidate in mind check out the application process at:


Posting from St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Page

Apply to be our Queen Colleen 2019

Want to be the next Queen Colleen?   The pageant is full for 2018 and we’re no longer taking applications.  Keep in touch for 2019!  We’ll have the application up late next year so stay tuned.   In the meantime, get your tickets to this years coronation and look around the site for more information on Queen Colleen and all the St. Patrick’s day fun!   

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Daughter Of Ces Member Lou & Maureen Lesser
Proudly Sponsored By The Colorado Emerald Society

Jessica will compete in the Rose of Tralee Competition in Ireland.  If you  would like to help with her expenses please send donations to the CES, PO Box 40211, Denver, CO 80204.  Make check out to CES & reference “Rose of Tralee” in the lower right corner of your check.


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2nd Runner-Up Jesscia Lesser
Daugher of CES Member Lou & Maureen Lesser
Sponsored by Colorado Emerald Society.
Rose Of Tralee Contestant
1st Ever From Colorado
Daughter of CES Member Bill  & Teresa O’Donnell
Sponsored by Colorado Emerald Society.
2002 Queen Colleen
Erin O’Neill

Daughter of CES Past Vice-President
Steve & Cindy O’Neill
Sponsored by the
Colorado Emerald Society
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2006 Winner
Erin Hartman
Sponsored By The

Colorado Emerald Society
  The Colorado Emerald Society was proud to sponsor Erin Haney, daughter of  CES Member Jim and Connie Haney, in the 2007 Queen Colleen Pagent,
Congratulations to Erin for winning as the First Runner-Up  at the 45th annual St. Patrick’s Day Queen Colleen contest.
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Shannon O’Neill
Queen Colleen 1st Runner -Up
Daughter of CES Past Vice-President Steve O’Neill and Cindy O’Neill
Sponsored by the Colorado Emerald Society
2006 Queen Colleen
L-r President Brian Reilly, Queen Erin Hartman, Queen’s Mother Ces Secretary Patti Kennedy Riedel And
Patti’s Husband Richard Riedel
The Colorado Emerald Society Sponsored Meghan Gerwick (back Row, 2nd From Left) In The 2008
Queen Colleen Contest. Megan Is A Student At Regis Jesuit School And In The National Honor Society.



St. Patricks Day Parade


“St. Patrick parish and its heavily Irish congregation helped launch Denver’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities.” writes Thomas J. Noel in his book, Colorado Catholicism, The Archdiocese of Denver 1857-1989 (published by Boulder: The University Press of Colorado, 1989),  Noel reports, “In 1885, Father Carrigan had initiated St. Pat’s Day fund raising galas at the old Broadway Theater downtown.  These festivals, complete with costumes, musical entertainment, and bagpipes. attracted celebrants from throughout the city.  In collaboration with the Daughters of Erin and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Patrick parish spearheaded festivities that celebrated the rich cultural and religious traditions of the Emerald Isle.  A more militant approach was taken March 17,1902, according to the Denver Times, by Captain Stephen J. Donleavey, secretary of the Denver Fire and Police Board:  He announced plans to recruit a volunteer army in Colorado in order to invade England and free Ireland.

In 1906, the Ancient Order of Hibernians organized what may have been Denver’s first official St. Patrick’s Day parade.  The parade was followed by High Mass with Father William O’Ryan’s sermon on “Ireland’s Loyalty to Patrick’s Faith,” a grand reception, and an evening ball..  St. Patrick’s Day parades went out of style during the 1920’s when anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan frowned on any such displays of “un-American” ethnic groups.

Not until March 17, 1962 was Denver’s parade revived when Red Fenwick, cowboy columnist for The Denver Post, and some of his ‘Evil Companions Club’ staged a mini-march. “””Witnesses,” reported The Denver Post. ‘claim it was a short march: the paraders walked out of Duffy’s Shamrock Restaurant (closed in 2007), went around the block, and back to the bar.”  Others claim that the inaugural modern St. Patrick’s Day parade came a month later, April 17, 1962, when Lord Mayor Robert Briscoe of Dublin was visiting Denver.  His Irish-American hosts took him to lunch at Duffy’s; after a few hours of refreshments and lamentations about the parade, deceased since World War I, these worthies took action.  They proceeded to march around the block, proclaiming their procession a reinauguration of Denver’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Furthermore, they established an official parade committee in 1963.

In 1963 St. Patrick’s Day parade was a hit with thousands of marchers and spectators. “By 1974, crowed the Denver Catholic Register, Denver’s parade “drew a crowd estimated at over 120,000 people, making it the second largest parade in the U.S.”  Although this claim is contested by Boston, Chicago, Detroit, St. Paul, and other cities, Denver marchers continue to insist they are number two, if not number one.”

Many Irish-American Denver police officers and fire fighters were involved in St. Patrick’s Day festivities over the years, but they were not organized as a group.  George Kennedy and Danny Neery Veith of the Denver Police Department, decided it was time to organize an Emerald Society in Denver.  In 2000, at John Nallen’s Irish Pub, the decision was made to combine Colorado’s public safety officers into one organization- the Colorado Emerald Society (CES).  Today the Colorado Emerald Society marches in the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade and is a member of the the National Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES) and the Colorado United Irish Societies (CUIS).  Noel Hickey’s, Celtic Tavern/Delaneys, is the official home to the COLORADO EMERALD SOCIETY.



For Information: http://clanhannon.com/stpatrick/campaign.htm




“Congratulations to our Scholarship Recipients “
Kelli Dowd
Lauren Johnston
Mykel Kennedy
Nichole Shannon
Danielle Sheehan

Please come and join us next year for our annual picnic.


CES membership picnic is dedicated to the memory of United States of America hero USMC Lance Corporal Andrew G. Riedel who was killed in Iraq.  Andrew is the son of CES member Rich Riedel and step son of CES treasurer Patti Kennedy Riedel.