The date for the 2015 South Side Irish Parade is...

...March 15th, 2015. 

We're looking forward to another great year for the parade. Full event details are here. We also invite you to join us for our annual fundraiser on February 21st at 115 Bourbon Street from 6-11pm.

Look for more information about the fundraiser and an announcement about the grand marshal and special honorees soon. 

In the meantime, don't forget to order a mini-banner for the hard-to-please parade fan on your Christmas list. They're only available for a limited time. All orders must be made by December 16th.

Announcing the 2014 South Side Irish Parade Grand Marshal and Special Honoree

Today we announced the Grand Marshal and special honoree for the 2014 South Side Irish Parade. The 2014 Grand Marshal will be the Mulliganeers, a Chicagoland non-profit that has been giving kids a second chance since 1995. The special honoree will be County Fair Foods, a family owned and operated, independent local grocery store who has been serving local customers here on Western Avenue for 50 years.

They are two organizations that, while quite different in scope, both embrace our South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade mission and illustrate a strong commitment to faith, family and community.  
 
Our 2014 Grand Marshal, the Mulliganeers, began with humble beginnings as a group of four close friends who often heard of tragic stories involving children wondered what would happen if they collectively worked together to build a community to give these kids a second chance.
 
Their purpose is simple - fundraise to help children in need and their families who face major medical challenges that often involve years of ongoing treatments, issues or special needs. The Mulliganeers recipient families as they are known, are often ordinary working families who may have a child born with a rare, complex syndrome or experience a sudden or ongoing illness which requires ongoing extensive medical care.

The Mulliganeers step in and work with their families to help provide that second chance. They embody the spirit of community and work hard through a volunteers to find donated supplies and services. They are frugal enabling them to spend 93 cents of every dollar raised on a Mulliganeer family rather than administrative costs.

The Mulliganeers have had a significant impact throughout the Chicago area including our own local communities of Beverly and Mount Greenwood. To date, they have raised and distributed over 4.3 million dollars providing over 261 Chicago area families with support.
 
The South Side Irish Parade feels the Mulliganeers truly align with our values and mission of how community, family and friendship can have an extraordinary impact on others.
 
To learn more visit us at Mulliganeers.org. Attend one of our events and you too can become a Mulliganeer and give a kid a second chance.
 
The South Side Irish Parade Committee is also pleased to announce this year’s honoree, County Fair Foods.
 
County Fair has been a mainstay of our community, a local grocery serving generations of families providing them with a vast selection of fresh products and top notch customer service.
 
They remain a steadfast supporter of a variety of community events including the South Side Irish Parade as a major sponsor and numerous other activities throughout the neighborhood.

Additionally, they support local schools and parishes as participants in the Manna gift certificate program providing a stream of needed revenue to area families and institutions. 

County Fair and their owners, the Baffes family, are community leaders who instill their commitment to family and community and applauded for their consistent support and generosity.
 
We are proud to announce and honor County Fair Foods as the 2014 Parade Honorees and wish them a special blessings during their 50th anniversary year.

To help support the 2014 South Side Irish Parade, please join us at our fundraiser on February 22nd at 115 Bourbon Street at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased here. The cost is $30, which covers food, drink and entertaining from The Matt Ladd Band and Sean & Charlie.

Who will be the queen of the South Side Irish Parade in 2014?

As you know, the fundraiser for the South Side Irish Parade is February 22nd. (Haven't gotten your tickets yet? Buy them here.)

One of the highlights of the fundraiser is the selection of the South Side Irish Parade Queen. The South Side Irish Parade Queen will be prominently featured during the South Side Irish Parade and also ride in the downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. A panel of judges will interview contestants at 2 p.m. at 115 Bourbon Street (a sponsor of the parade) just one hour before the start of the South Side Irish Parade fundraiser. Interested young ladies of Irish descent between the ages of 18-27 are encouraged to apply. The South Side Irish Parade Queen will be announced at the pre-parade fundraiser. Please see www.chicagoroseoftralee.com to fill out an application.

The South Side Irish Parade Queen will also receive sponsorship from the South Side Irish Parade Committee to go on to compete in the Chicago Rose of Tralee contest as the South Side Irish Rose. The Chicago Rose of Tralee contest will be held at the Irish American Heritage Center on March 29, 2014. The Winner of the Chicago Rose of Tralee will receive an all-expense paid trip to Ireland for an experience of a lifetime. The mission of the Chicago Rose of Tralee is to provide enrichment opportunities that will encourage young women of Irish descent to be exemplary role models for tomorrow’s youth and to make a positive difference in the world.

The 2014 South Side Irish Parade pre-parade party is on February 22nd

Parade season is here and with it comes the pre-parade fundraiser party!

As you know, putting on the parade involves a lot of hard work by our all-volunteer staff of neighbors and friends. It also involves significant costs to ensure a safe, family-friendly event that all of Beverly can enjoy. The pre-parade fundraiser and raffle tickets are our main sources of funding so just showing up at Bourbon Street to have a good time supports the parade.

This year's event is on February 22nd at 115 Bourbon Street (3359 W. 115th St, Merrionette Park) from 3pm to 8pm.

Tickets are $30 per person and includes a food buffet; beer, wine and soda and entertainment from The Matt Ladd Band and Sean & Charlie. South Side Irish Parade merchandise and games of chance will also be available with many fine prizes to be won. 

Grand raffle tickets are also available for $50 each. First prize is $10,0000 with additional prizes in the amount of $2500, $1000 and $400. Any tickets purchased by January 15th will be eligible for a $250 early bird drawing. 

Purchase tickets to the fundraiser now or buy raffle tickets here.

Finally, street pole banners are now on sale in our online store

Another way to give back this season: The Advocate Hope Children's Hospital Toy Drive

In addition to tomorrow's Kevin Dowling Toy Drive at Bourbon Street, we hope you'll also help us support the 5th Annual Toy Drive for Advocate Hope Children's Hospital at Sean's Rhino Bar next week. 

The event is hosted by Abby Casciato and 11-year-old cancer survivor Emily Beazley. You can contribute by donating a new, unopened and unwrapped toy, all of which will go to kids at Advocate. Monetary donations will also be accepted. You can also bid on one of the basket raffles offered that day as you enjoy $2 Bud products, $10 buckets, and $3.50 you-call-it specials. (Kiddie cocktails are on the house and Santa will be stopping by, too.)

Details: 

Saturday, December 14th
2-6pm. 
Sean's Rhino Bar (10330 S. Western Ave.)

Questions: Call Abby at 773-718-0195 or absc1121@gmail.com.

Other news: We're still selling South Side Irish Parade mini-street pole banners for $50 through December 16th. This is a limited time only sale so be sure and get your order it now.

Join us for the Kevin Dowling Toy Drive

As you're doing your Black Friday (or Cyber Monday) shopping, consider tossing one or two extra toys in your basket for the 14th annual Kevin Dowling "Christmas is for Kids" Toy Drive. 

The toy drive will be Saturday, December 7th from 3pm to 8pm at 115 Bourbon Street (3359 W. 115th St.). This is a free event - just bring some new, unwrapped toys as your admission. (Monetary donations payable to The Kevin Dowling Scholarship Fund are accepted in lieu of toys.) There will be food, drinks, entertainment and Santa Claus at this family-friendly event Santa will have a gift for all kinds in attendance. 

All toys and donations will go directly to support these worthy organizations:

* Little Company of Mary Hospital & Health Care Centers
* Courage of Oak Lawn
* La Rabida Hospital
* In Memory of Tom Fenton, Loyola Hospital’s Ronald McDonald Child Life Program and Burn Center

If you are unable to attend or have questions about the event, call Jim McKeever at 773-972-6264 or email him at jg.mckeever.net.

Be sure to like the Kevin Dowling Scholarship Fund on Facebook.

The Cork & Kerry 25th Anniversary

25 never looked so good. Cork & Kerry, a great sponsor of ours, has a birthday coming up on Saturday October 5th and it sounds spectacular. Please make an effort to show your support to a place that has supported the parade so well over the years.