The 2016 South Side Irish Parade will be March 13th, 2016. The parade will step off at noon from 103rd and proceed down Western Avenue to 115th Street.
The 2016 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 help offset the cost of the parade. Please visit the Emerald Mile Isle page for complete information.
The fundraiser for the parade will be February 27th, 2016 at 115 Bourbon Street (3359 W 115th St; Merrionette Park, IL) from 6-11pm. More details will be coming soon.
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 neighborhood homes and local establishments. We encourage everyone to celebrate responsibly and help keep the annual tradition a safe, family friendly event. Many of the Western Avenue restaurants and pubs 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 supporters of the 2015 parade on our Parade Supporters page and patronize our sponsors.
In the 2015 parade, the Irish American Labor Council were our Grand Marshals and proudly led the way down Western Avenue. The IALC, a committee of the AFL-CIO, is focused on improving and promoting social and community welfare. The council also participates in issues of importance to Irish immigrants in Chicago.
In addition to the IALC, the 2015 South Side Irish Parade Committee also honored the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation (CPMF), The not-for-profit organization is dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes. The foundation provides support and assistance to the families of Chicago police officers who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. The CPMF is currently raising money for the “Get Behind The Vest” initiative. Their goal is to ensure a properly working bulletproof vest protects every Chicago police officer. Officers are given a vest when they begin on the department but are responsible for paying a portion of the cost for a replacement vest. The foundation is aiming to raise money to replace the 8,000 outdated vests in use by Chicago police officers.
The 2015 South Side Irish Parade Queen was Mary Kate Love, a Beverly resident. Read more about her in this article from DNA Info Chicago.
Other participants in the last year's parade included Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora, Mr. Jimmy Deenihan; 2014 Chicago Rose of Tralee, Colleen Nolan; 2014 IHSA Boys Basketball State Champions, Morgan Park High School; Noggeler Marching Band, the 50 member band from Lucerne, Switzerland known for their unique masks and costumes; 16 pipe & marching bands, four Irish Dance schools, Clydesdales, Irish Wolf Hounds, vintage fire trucks and leprechauns.