Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parades to Return in March | Chicago News

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(Courtesy of the South Side Irish Parade Committee)

Irish eyes will smile in March as all three of Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parades are set to return after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m really happy about it and think the communities need it,” said Elizabeth Murray-Belcaster, organizer of the Northwest Side Irish Parade. “I think people are ready for that.”

The downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade and annual Chicago River Dye are scheduled for Saturday, March 12. according to the event site. The times for each of the events have not yet been announced.

The North West Side and South Side Irish Parades are scheduled to descend at midday on Sunday 13 March on the North West and South sides of the city respectively. (Get the details.)

the Irish Parade from the North West Side already has 100 groups registered to participate, including Irish dancers, pipe and drum groups, community organizations, labor groups, schools and churches.

“Because we canceled three days prior in 2019, we already have a full parade in place,” Murray-Belcaster said. “We are committed to dedicating (this year’s) parade to healthcare workers…because these two years have been so difficult for them.”

the South Side Irish Parade expects about 100 groups and organizations to participate in this year’s event, according to co-chair Don Larisey, who said the parade is still accepting entries. (Interested? Send an email.)

“Were excited. The neighborhood is excited, business leaders and owners are excited for this,” Larisey said. ready.”

Given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic – which has led to the cancellation of events for the past two years – organizers say they will monitor the situation and adapt as needed.

“Obviously there have been challenges over the last year or two, but we are confident this year – with outdoor events happening this summer like White Sox games and United States games and concerts. Bears – that we think we can have a safe event going forward,” Larisey said.

Last year, the cancellation of the South Side Irish Parade led to the creation of a program inviting neighborhood residents to decorate their homes in St. Patrick’s Day decor.

“It was a big pivot for the community to come together, to not have a parade but still be able to have safe participation in the neighborhood,” Larisey said, adding that organizers plan to include something similar to the festivities this year.

In addition to COVID-19 precautions, both parades are increasing the security of their events as they anticipate large crowds, and work with bars and restaurants along parade routes.

“Safety, security and celebration are the most important things we focus on,” Murray-Belcaster said. “Our big message is to keep it safe, community friendly, and to enjoy the day for what it is: a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and a celebration of our entire community.”

Northwest side:

Details: Sunday, March 13 at noon, pick up at William J. Onahan School, 6634 W. Raven St. (Card) The parade proceeds along N. Neola Avenue to the N. Northwest Freeway to Harlem Avenue.

South side:

Details: Noon Sunday March 13 going down to 103rd Street and Western Avenue. (Card) The parade continues south along Western Avenue to 115th Street.

Contact Kristen Thometz: @kristenthometz | (773) 509-5452 | [email protected]


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