Commissioner Anthony Calderone in the first annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Laurie Kokenes, Executive Director of the Forest Park Chamber stands ready for a new tradition in town. Barb Popelka and young parade attendees wave from the float. Mayor Popelka leading the first annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1996. First annual St. Patrick’s Parade headed westbound on Madison St. TBT: Forest Park’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was twenty years ago. A generation of Forest Parkers have grown up going to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In 1996, the parade headed westbound along Madison St.