For years, the South Side Irish Parade had a rough
reputation-and one that was pretty hard to shake. But after the
parade was discontinued in 2010 (mainly due to drunk and disorderly
conduct), it was reinvented two years ago as a family-friendly spot
to get your Irish on.
The parade now has a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol along the
route, which gives more time to focus on the real fun of the event:
more than 90 participants showing off their various skills. Keep an
eye out for be-kilted bagpipers, delightful dancers and at least a
couple of lucky leprechauns. Plus, The Irish American Alliance
brings along a pack of Irish Wolfhounds, and the South Side Irish
Parade Queen holds court along the parade route.
Come early and take part in a fun run called The Emerald Isle
Mile to get yourself revved up for the event. The one-mile distance
makes it accessible to all ages and is a nice treat after being
cooped up all winter.
Oh yeah, and one last thing: Wear green. We can't be held
responsible for any pinch-based injuries you might sustain.
Elizabeth Diffin is the associate editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
See more of Elizabeth's stories here.
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