Springfield’s Ms. Colleen crowned downtown on Saturday night

Ms. Colleen was crowned Saturday night around 7:30

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield crowned the 2017 colleen tonight at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Springfield.

After a rigorous selection process, Springfield chose Jillian Murphy of East Longmeadow as their next Colleen.

Jillian will represent Springfield in the Holyoke Saint Patrick’s parade on Sunday March 19th, along with her court.

22News spoke with the Vice President of the Springfield Parade Committee, Maura Cournoyer, about why the Colleen pageant is so popular

Cournoyer, told 22News, “I think it’s really popular because it gives young girls in the community a place to, kind of, have their voice heard and promote their Irish heritage.”

Jillian will receive a free trip to Ireland and attend regular events throughout the year.