2010 Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 13th, 2010
10:45am: Saturday March 13th
scheduled for 10:45, Saturday March 13th and can be best viewed from the upper
level bridges at Michigan Ave or Columbus Drive.
2010 South Side Chicago Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday March 14th 2010, 12 noon step-off
South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade
The South Side Irish Parade Committee is pleased to announce the creation of the
South Side Irish Parade Family Fest, a culturally-rich St. Patrick’s Day
celebration to be held on Saturday, March 13, 2010.
Hosted in conjunction with the
Beverly Arts Center, this daylong event will feature activities such as an Irish
soda bread contest, a best-dressed “Irish” dog contest, and a children’s parade
around the art center’s grounds. The event will also offer family-friendly
activities such as Irish-themed arts and crafts for kids, children’s films, and
a live production by the Beverly Arts Centers’ own children’s theater group. In
addition, this event will feature food, drink, numerous Irish vendors, and live
entertainment from bagpipers, Irish dancers, and a host of Irish musicians. The
evening will culminate with a performance by Hothouse Flowers, a world-renowned
band hailing from Ireland that combines traditional Irish music with influences
from soul, gospel and rock.
The South Side Irish Parade Family
Fest will be the marquis event in a 10 day celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in
the Beverly/Morgan Park community – a celebration which will begin with the
return of the Chicago Irish Film Festival. Now in its eleventh year, this series
of features, shorts, documentaries and animated films is one of only a few such
Irish film festivals in the United States. It will be held at the
BAC from March 5-10 – visit
www.chicagofilmfestival.com for complete details.
Also being held at the
BAC is the Chicago Rose of Tralee contest – a
competition in which women ages 17-27 exhibit their knowledge of and dedication
to their Irish heritage. The winner of this contest will be crowned the Chicago
Rose on the evening of March 12th and will go on to represent Chicago in the
international competition in Tralee, Ireland.
Beverly/Morgan Park’s St. Patrick’s
Day festivities will peak the following day with the South Side Irish Parade
Family Fest, an event which will, in addition to the aforementioned activities,
also be featuring a Grand Raffle. The Grand Raffle will be a major source of
funding for the fest, so the parade committee encourages all community residents
to consider supporting the raffle. Tickets are $50 a piece and prizes range from
$250 to $10,000. For more information about the raffle or to purchase tickets,
contact (773) 393-8687 or [email protected].
Before 4:00 p.m., admission to the
South Side Irish Parade Family Fest will be $10 for those 13 and older, and $7
for seniors 60 years of age and older. Children 12 and under will be admitted
free of charge. After 4:00 p.m., admission will be $25.00 per person. The
admission fee will grant patrons access to the day’s entertainment as well as
all children’s/family activities. Food, drink and merchandise can all be
purchased separately. To purchase admission tickets in advance, contact the
Beverly Arts Center at (773) 445-3838.
On Sunday, March 14, 2010, the
traditional day of the South Side Irish Parade, St. Cajetan Catholic Church will
hold its annual Irish Mass at 9 a.m. The parade committee anticipates that other
local parishes will maintain their worship traditions as well. Following Mass,
residents of the Beverly/Morgan Park community will be invited to gather at the
Beverly Arts Center once again, this time for a blessing and reception. The
parade committee then encourages locals to continue to celebrate in their homes
that afternoon with family and friends, just as in years past.
Please visit this website again in
the coming weeks for more information on the upcoming South Side Irish Parade