The 2014 South Side Irish Parade will begin at noon on March 16th, 2014. The parade will step off from 103rd and proceed down Western Avenue to 115th Street.
The 2014 Emerald Isle Mile, sponsored by Running Excels, begins at 11am just prior to the start of the South Side Irish Parade. A portion of the proceeds benefit Special Olympics Chicago. Please visit the Emerald Mile Isle page for complete information.
The South Side Irish Parade is a family-friendly event and has a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol along the parade route. It is strictly enforced in accordance with a City of Chicago ordinance which includes fines up to $1000 for open containers in the public way.
The annual South Side Irish Parade is a great time to spend with family and friends, both in bars and at house parties. We encourage everyone to celebrate responsibly and help keep the annual tradition a safe, family friendly event. Many of the Western Avenue bars support the parade and we hope you will support them in a responsible manner helping us ensure everyone has a safe, enjoyable parade. Sláinte!
Please review the Parade Day Parking Restrictions for information on parade day street closures or visit our Facebook page for the latest updates. Parking restrictions will start at 6am on Western Avenue and 8am on side streets. If you are visiting Beverly on parade day, we recommend taking public transportation.
The parade could not be possible without the support of many local businesses. Please check out the Parade Supporters page and patronize our sponsors.
Leading the way down South Western Avenue will be the South Side Irish Parade Grand Marshal, the Mulliganeers. The Mulliganeers are a Chicagoland non profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to fundraising for children in need and their families. This volunteer based group has been “Giving Kids a Second Chance” since 1995 and distributed over $4.3 million dollars to over 260 kids and families.
In addition to the Mulliganeers, the South Side Irish Parade Committee also honors County Fair Foods. The independent, family owned grocery store is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Western Avenue in Chicago’s Beverly community.
The South Side Irish Parade Queen is Maeve McSweeney, a St. Ignatius high school graduate and current Marquette University junior. She will ride in the parade in a Mike Haggerty Buick GMC convertible along with the Chicago Rose of Tralee, Bridget Conway. Local state champion high school teams will also be honored for their achievements in the march down Western Avenue.
South Side Irish Parade merchandise will be available for sale at the parade store located at 10934 S. Western Avenue. The parade store will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on parade day.
In 2013, there were 90 participants in the parade and we expect more to join us in 2014. Information on parade participation will be available later this week.