Chicago >South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade
“It is a wonderful tradition, and is more fun every year.”
Yes sirree a full blown parade was featured in the movie "The Fugitive" when Dr. Richard Kimble put on a green hat and blended in with the Irish parade partiers to escape his pursuers. Love it. A definite stop on a tour of Chicago's most famous movie spots. Wear green and grab yourself a beer at this awesome stop and grand piece of Chicago heritage!
Forget the touristy event downtown; this is where the real Irish action happens..
The South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade takes over the streets for the largest community parade in the United States. Expect bagpipes, kilts, candy-throwing leprechauns and the omnipresence of all things green.
Now in its 25th year, the South Side Parade attracts bona fide Irish men and women and a spirited group of residents, wacky onlookers and serious partiers looking for an excuse to drink on a Monday morning. The parade begins on March 16 at 12pm at 103rd Street and Western Avenue and proceeds south on Western to 115th Street, meandering through the Beverly and Morgan Park communities.
South Side Irish. Forget the downtown parade, if you want a real St. Patrick's Day celebration, check out the South Side.
Better than downtown. If you ask me, the Western Avenue parade is much better than the one downtown. The one downtown is all politicians, corporations and unions. The one on Western Avenue is, from what I've heard, just like the one in Dublin-clans, bagpipe bands and local shops.
Fun for all. Every year Western Avenue is bombarded by the people from all over the city, and every year the South Siders make everyone feel welcome. It is a wonderful tradition, and is more fun every year. It is great for the kids, but adults that are ready to party can expect a raucous yet inviting atmosphere.
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