REMINDER: St Patricks Day 2022 Parades+ 50+ Fun Ideas to Celebrate – March 12-13

There’s nothing quite like St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, when Irish taverns fill with revelers, cultural celebrations pop up in every corner of the city, and the Chicago River sparkles brilliant shades of emerald green.    The history of St. Patrick’s day in Chicago goes back more than 175 years. Now a longstanding tradition, Chicago’s Irish parade was first held in 1843 and became an official city event in the 1950s. The dyeing of the Chicago River was added in 1962, quickly becoming one of Chicago’s most famous events.

Explore the top ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with events and things to do in Chicago.

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Come on out and enjoy three of the best FREE  St Patricks Day Parades in Chicago this month.  First, make your way to downtown Chicago to see the Chicago Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday March 12th. The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus. The parade units will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain, with grand marshall Judge John C Griffin.  EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 28, 2022, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH LOCAL POLICIES, MASKS AND PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION WILL NO LONGER BE REQUIRED AT THE PARADE.  

On the northside?  Check out the the Northwest Irish Parade on Sunday March 13th is a celebration of faith, family, and heritage on the Northwest side of Chicago. Now in its 13th year, the Northwest Side St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has grown. The Committee was founded with the goal of bringing the Chicago’s Northwest side area a celebration of Irish involvement in the American experience. Last year’s parade was a tremendous success, as friends and families have greatly expanded.  On Sunday March 13, 2022 the Northwest Side Irish will host their 13th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s celebration will include a tribute to community based efforts on behalf of our veterans and military families. There are one hundred parade group participants and approximately twenty five hundred marching and thousands of spectators who will attend the Northwest Side Irish Friends and Family Parade.


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  • Logistics of the Parade:Date: Sunday, March 13, 2022
    Assembly: 10:00 am
    Kick-off: 12:00 pm
    William J. Onahan School
    6634 West Raven St, Chicago, IL 60631
  • The Official Parade After Party:Zia’s Social
  • 2022 Grand Marshal:    James T. Slevin,  President the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO,
  • 2022 Humanitarian:   Rick Passarelli
  • 2022 Queen:   Shannon King

The 2022 South Side Irish Parade will begin at noon on Sunday March 13th, 2022. The parade will step off from 103rd and proceed down Western Avenue to 115th Street. It will kick off at noon at 103rd and Western Avenue, marching south to 115th and Western. The parade lasts approximately two hours. There is zero tolerance of any drunkenness or behavior that is not in line with our family values.  st patricks day face

The South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee – set for Sunday, March 13th – has chosen “Thankful for Catholic Elementary School Teachers” as the Grand Marshal for 2022. In 2020, these educators had been set to receive their honor, so finally, they will be recognized. The Committee appreciates the hardworking teachers who educate Chicago’s Catholic school students, particularly during these challenging times. The Grand Marshal unit will feature local area Catholic schools led by their school principals, teachers and staff.


“Our local Catholic elementary school teachers and students represent the themes that we hold dear and are worthy of the Grand Marshall moniker again for 2022. We are also pleased to honor the Tom Hopkins Foundation and to announce Bailey O’Connell as our Parade Queen for 2022. We are a family-friendly event, and we are very happy to be celebrating our community once again,” says Don Larisey, Co-Chair of the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


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The Tom Hopkins Foundation, founded by the children of Tom Hopkins, or “Papa Hops”, strives to assist families affected by cancer and to support youth athletics.  Parade Queen Bailey O’Connell, who had been selected in 2020. Bailey grew up in Mount Greenwood and is an alumna of Mount Greenwood Elementary and Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School. The South Side Irish Parade Queen will receive sponsorship from the South Side Irish Parade Committee to compete in the Chicago Rose of Tralee Selection as the South Side Irish Rose. 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.


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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!


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