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St. Patrick's Day is March 17 & Parade is 3/12 in Chicago

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated each year on March 17th as a day of remembrance of St Patrick one of the patron saints of Ireland. We Americans, enjoy celebrating with the Irish folk during this lasting tradition; after all, we all have a small amount of Irish blood in us; don't' we? The tradition began many centuries ago, and today many countries gather to celebrate Irish culture by enjoying traditional Irish cuisines such as: 

  • cabbage
  • corned beef and Guinness pie
  • Irish brown bread
  • Irish stew
  • Irish coffee
  • Irish potato soup

Many towns gather together in the city's downtown area for a St. Patrick's Day Parade Celebration with all sorts of live entertainment! Bagpipe marching bands, Kissing Irishmen, decorated floats, clowns, and even the famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses make appearances from time-to-time. One important thing to remember when attending the parades, you must dress in green. It's a necessity unless you want to get pinched!

St. Patrick's Day has many symbols attached to this historic day. According to legend, St. Patrick drove all of the snakes from Ireland; therefore, the snake became a symbol of St. Patrick's Day. The Shamrock symbolizes the Holy Trinity, also a symbol of St. Patrick's Day. The Leprechaun with his pot of gold is also a symbol, and of course, the color green is a symbol.

If you are in the Chicago area this year on March 12, you can enjoy the St. Patrick's Day parade that will be taking place on Columbus and Balbo at 12:00 pm just minutes from Days Inn Chicago. Let our courteous staff help you make arrangements to get you there on time. And if you need suggestions on other things to do in the area, just ask us!

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