50-Member Swiss Carnival Band From Chicago’s Sister City of Lucerne to March Throughout Chicago Next Week

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 Raucously Entertaining Noggeler Guuggenmusig Luzern Appearing in Chicago March 12–15

CHICAGO, March 6, 2015 – The Lucerne Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) presents performances by Lucerne, Switzerland’s famous 50-member Noggeler Guuggenmusig Luzern throughout Chicago from March 12–15, 2015. “The Noggeler” is participating in both the downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14 and the South Side Irish Parade on March 15, in addition to other public performances. Travelling with “the Noggeler” is Lucerne Mayor Stefan Roth.

The Noggeler is part of Lucerne’s carnival tradition, one of the most popular carnival celebrations in Europe. Strange characters in fantastic masks and costumes will make their way through Chicago as these carnival musicians (Guggenmusigen) blow their instruments in joyful cacophony and celebration. The Noggeler play everything from folklore to pop with common brass band instruments, while wearing ornate costumes. 2015 marks the ninth time the Noggeler has visited Chicago.

To learn more about the Noggeler, please visit www.noggeler.ch.

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PUBLIC PERFORMANCES OF THE NOGGELER
Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse Chicago
•  33 W. Kinzie Street
•  Thursday, March 12, 2015
•  6–9 a.m. for the “17th Annual World Wide Toast to Harry Caray”
•  FREE

Swiss Noggeler Soirée
•  99th Floor of the Willis Tower
•  233 S. Wacker Drive
•  Thursday, March 12, 2015
•  Event: 6–9 p.m.
•  Performance: 6:30 p.m.
•  Event ticket: $60
•  Raffle ticket: $25; 5 for $100; winner need not be present to win; prizes include all expenses paid luxury trip to Switzerland for two
•  Event and raffle tickets available at the door or in advance online at www.ChicagoSisterCities.com.

Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub
•  400 N. McClurg Court
•  Friday, March 13, 2015
•  6 p.m.
• FREE

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade
•  Parade route: Begins at Balbo Drive and Columbus Drive, moving north on Columbus; viewing stand in front of Buckingham Fountain
•  Saturday, March 14, 2015
•  12 noon
•  FREE

The French Market and Ovie Bar & Grill at Ogilvie Transportation Center
•  French Market: 131 N. Clinton Street
•  Ovie Bar & Grill: 120 N. Canal Street
•  Saturday, March 14, 2015
•  2–8 p.m.
•  FREE

South Side Irish Parade
•  Parade route: Begins at 103rd Street and Western Avenue, moving south on Western Avenue to 115th Street
•  Sunday, March 15, 2015
•  12 noon
•  FREE

Water Tower Place, Lobby Staircase
•  835 N. Michigan Avenue
•  Sunday, March 15, 2015
•  2 p.m.
•  FREE

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Lucerne Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International
Chicago and Lucerne have enjoyed a successful and productive sister city relationship since 1998. In support of the relationship, the Lucerne Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) produces events, initiatives and exchanges to further build the strong ties between the sister cities. The Lucerne Committee works with New Field Elementary School in Chicago’s Rogers Park to connect them with an elementary school in Lucerne. For many years, they have also run an artist exchange with the City of Lucerne, exchanging artists-in-residence between the two cities.

Chicago Sister Cities International
Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), a division of World Business Chicago, provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s 28 sister cities in the areas of economic development, education, tourism, immigration and cultural enrichment. CSCI expands Chicago’s global reach for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.

For more information on Chicago Sister Cities International, visit www.ChicagoSisterCities.com, follow us on Twitter (@ChiSisterCities) or “Like” us on Facebook, Facebook.com/ChicagoSisterCities.

Chicago’s 28 sister cities include: Accra, Ghana (1989); Amman, Jordan (2004); Athens, Greece (1997); Belgrade, Serbia (2005); Birmingham, United Kingdom (1993); Bogota, Colombia (2009); Busan, Republic of Korea (2007); Casablanca, Morocco (1982); Delhi, India (2001); Durban, South Africa (1997); Galway, Ireland (1997); Gothenburg, Sweden (1987); Hamburg, Germany (1994); Kyiv, Ukraine (1991); Lahore, Pakistan (2007); Lucerne, Switzerland (1998); Mexico City, Mexico (1991); Milan, Italy (1973); Moscow, Russia (1997); Osaka, Japan (1973); Paris, France (1996); Petach Tikva, Israel (1994); Prague, Czech Republic (1990); Shanghai, China (1985); Shenyang, China (1985); Toronto, Canada (1991); Vilnius, Lithuania (1993); and Warsaw, Poland (1960).

Contact: Benjamin Kelner
Phone: 312.201.4535
bkelner@chicagosistercities.com