South Side Irish Parade: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in ChicagoSouth Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 15, 2015 @ noon
Western Avenue, 103rd - 115th Streets in Chicago
"We're the Windy City Irish-where the craic is always best
Where every day is Paddy's Day and everyone's a guest
If you're Irish on the North Side or Irish on the West
Welcome to the South Side come join our Irish Fest"
- The South Side Irish Song, written by Tom Black and Terry McEldowney
Come be a guest at the super-sized South Side Irish Parade, a neighborhood tradition since 1979. This is one of Chicago's greatest cultural events, celebrating rich Gaelic culture and its roots in the community. The parade route is strictly enforced for family-friendly fun, so bring the little ones and spot bagpipers in kilts, Irish dancers doing jigs, marching bands and a colorful procession of floats. You'll be flooded in a sea of green as the parade passes from 103rd Street to 115th, starting at 12 noon.
If you feel like some revelry, you can stroll around the South Side's local watering holes to raise a pint to St. Patrick. With so many people out and about, the bars will be open as locals and visitors alike roam around the neighborhood. Fun fact: Many notable Irish celebrities started in Chicago's South Side, including the Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley, MTV celeb Jenny McCarthy, and actors John C. Reilly and Robin Tunney, to name a few.
To learn more about the free Irish Festival, check out http://www.southsideirishparade.org/. Book your stay at our Chicago hotel for easy access to this Emerald Isle-inspired event.