The 2018 South Side Irish Parade will be Sunday, March 11, 2018. The parade will step off at noon from 103rd and proceed down Western Avenue to 115th Street.
The South Side Irish Parade will kick off the festivities with a pre-parade fundraiser on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 6 – 11pm. The event is held earlier this year and will feature raffle prizes, a silent auction, the South Side Irish Parade Queen Selection, live Irish music and much more. The party will be held at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 West 115th Street, Merrionette Park, IL, 60803.
The 2018 Emerald Isle Mile, sponsored by Running Excels, begins at 11:30am 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 South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee announced Special Olympics Chicago will lead the 40th Annual parade as the Grand Marshal. In 2018, Special Olympics Chicago will celebrate its 50th year of offering athletic training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics Chicago is one of the largest programs in the country offering training and competition for more than 7,500 athletes in 22 sports throughout the year. The organization provides opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Special Olympic programming is available in over 122 Chicago Public Schools throughout the city and in 23 Chicago Park District locations.
Amyloidosis Support Groups and The Martin McGarry Family were named the 2018 Parade Honoree. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to the support, education and empowerment of Amyloidosis patients, caregivers and former caregivers. Amyloidosis is a rare disease caused by deposits of amyloid protein fibrils in one or more organs causing the organ to malfunction. The heart, kidneys, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract are most often affected. There are many variations of amyloidosis each with a wide range of symptoms, requiring different treatments; therefore, the correct and early diagnosis is vitally important to patients and their families. Amyloidosis Support Groups provides information and resources from the medical community involved in the research and treatment of Amyloidosis to individuals and families suffering from the disease.
Our 2017 grand marshal was Les Turner ALS Foundation and our special honoree was Christmas Without Cancer.
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 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!
The parade could not be possible without the support of many local businesses. Please check out the supporters of the 2017 parade on our Parade Supporters page and please patronize our sponsors.
Shannon Zofkie served as the 2017 South Side Irish Parade Queen. Zofkie is from Chicago’s Beverly community and an alumna of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School. Read this article about her from The Beverly Review. The 2016 South Side Irish Parade Queen was Allison Kelly. Read more about her and our 2016 fundraiser in this article from Patch. 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 previous parades 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.