Former and Current Arizona Colleens

About The Arizona Colleen and Rose Program

Arizona Colleen and Rose Program

- Taking Pride in Our Irish Heritage -

The Arizona Colleen and Rose programs encourage young women to take pride in their Irish heritage and become involved in the Irish community. 
•  Participants in all programs must have some Irish ancestry.
•  Judging is based on communication skills, poise, personality, talent, well-roundedness in life,
​ and Irish pride. •  All titleholders receive a tiara and prize package and represent the Arizona Irish community at
area events. • All contestants ride in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

History of the Arizona Colleen and Rose Programs

The Arizona Colleen and Rose of Tralee Program began as the Arizona Colleen Pageant, a heritage pageant, in 1983. It is open to single women of Irish ancestry ages of 18 through 27 years old. Every year in February the Arizona Colleen is chosen, and she and her court reign over the St. Patrick’s Day
Parade and the Faire which follows.  Along with the crown and the title “Arizona Colleen,” the winner also is awarded jewelry, scholarships, and a free trip to Ireland.

For the first time in 2008 and in honor of our 25th anniversary, the Arizona Colleen participated as the Arizona Rose in the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Our Arizona Colleen now carries the dual title, of "Arizona Colleen & Rose." 

Also in 2008, programs were added for younger ladies of Irish descent. The Little Miss Shamrock program selects two 6-12 year olds, and the Arizona Outstanding Irish Teen program, retitled

the Arizona Irish Lass program in 2010, selects two 13-17 year olds.

The Colleen and Rose programs are organized by the Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire Committee. The goal is to promote awareness among young people of their Irish community and culture and to encourage interest and involvement in the many activities and events
happening in the Irish communities here in the Valley and throughout the state.

Photo Courtesy of Bob Rink Photography.