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Great Lakes Irish Wolfhound Association



Calendar of Events for 2018 

GLIWA will not be walking in the Manhattan Parade!


March 10
Naperville St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Illinois St .Andrew Society is sponsoring us. Step off time 10 am. Line up position will be available as soon as I receive it from the committee. 
They recommend you get there early for parking, sometime between 8:30 and 9am.
The Parade begins at the Naperville North High School located at 899 N. Mill Street. It continues south on Mill Street, east on Jefferson Avenue, south on Main Street and west on Water Street to the Municipal Center. 



March 11
South Side Irish Parade
The Irish American Alliance sponsors gliwa in the south side parade. We will walk along side their float with St. Patrick.
Unit line up number # TBD. Line up location; around 102nd and Western Ave. Just look for the Irish American Alliance float.

A suggestion for those who are new to walking in the south side parade; we have found that it is a lot easier to park near the end of the parade. (115th Western) and walk to the designated line up location. This means you would be walking the parade route twice. Although it is a lot of walking, it will be easier than you having to walk back to your vehicle after the parade.



June 16

Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Hamilton Lakes, Itasca. Times are anytime between 8-4pm. 

The Midwest’s premier showcase for Scottish arts and Culture. Come out and spend the day with your wolfhound. The Irish wolfhound fans will be out in full force asking you every question there is to know about our wonderful breed.  If possible please bring some kind of shade for your dog(s). One free entry with each dog.

Contact Lori Shatava as soon as possible for your free entry pass tickets and parking pass. 


Fourth of July Parade

Oak Lawn, ILL. 

More details to follow 



October 6, 2018

Hoffman Estate Celtic Fest

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free entry

Entertainment, food, vendors, activities and much more!!!

Our role at these festivals is to introduce your wolfhounds to the public and answer the many questions everyone likes to ask about our wonderful breed.

 It is held  at the Sears Centre Arena, located at the Poplar Creek at 59/90 Entertainment District near the intersection of Route 59 and Interstate 90.

This is an indoor event and only gliwa members can bring their wolfhounds. Any questions about the event, contact

Mike Cherry@  or 

Claire Morrison@  



Letter to organizations that request our Irish Wolfhounds participate in their events 

Due to the many requests we receive, there are requirements we need to make the event a successful experience for all.

*Once we receive a request for an event, we will need the date, times, and any other information that is relevant.

* Irish Wolfhounds don't do very well in the extreme heat. Adequate shade and water.

*Wolfhounds are considered one of the largest breeds. We require a larger area to set up.

*Since we are a not-for-profit club, we would appreciate it if your organization offered a donation for attending. We like to reimburse our members for any expenses, plus it helps to keep our club successful.

*We carry a substantial insurance policy that is required by most events.