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St. Patrick's Day Chicago Style

Updated on March 7, 2013
Cute hat with green braids!
Cute hat with green braids!

Going to the Parade

Whether your Irish or not the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade is a great parade to see! The unmistakeable sound of bagpipes could be heard coming down the street before the plaid kilt men and women playing them came into view. The Mayor of Chicago in 2011 Richard M. Daley walked the parade route with Senator Richard Durbin at his side waving to the cheering crowds.

This Chicago parade had everything from military and high school marching bands, to baton twirlers, colorful floats, Irish dancers, fire trucks, and even Ronald McDonald in a huge red shoe.

Wearing green attire at the parade is practically mandatory so if you plan to attend gather your hats, ties, gloves, necklaces, or shoes and make your way to the parade route. Even the dogs get into making fashion statements wearing green fur so don't hold back.

Mayor Daley and Senator Richard Durbin are seen walking here next to this convertible.
Mayor Daley and Senator Richard Durbin are seen walking here next to this convertible.
Green Glam
Green Glam
Hats, Hats and more Hats
Hats, Hats and more Hats
Shannon Rovers Pipe Band - Chicago, IL
Shannon Rovers Pipe Band - Chicago, IL
The Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago Float
The Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago Float
American Troops
American Troops
Saluting the Troops
Saluting the Troops
A Safe Haven Foundation - Float
A Safe Haven Foundation - Float
Bagpipes & Drums of the Emerald Society - Chicago Police Department
Bagpipes & Drums of the Emerald Society - Chicago Police Department
Chicago Police Officers with a Guinness Mascot walking next to them.
Chicago Police Officers with a Guinness Mascot walking next to them.
Ronald McDonald
Ronald McDonald
Shelia Tully Academy of Irish Dancers
Shelia Tully Academy of Irish Dancers
Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago
Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago

Turning the Chicago River Green!

Must See & Do Next St. Paddy's Day

My Chicago to do list for this years St. Patrick's Day includes seeing the Chicago river turn green! Missed it last time I was in town for the parade so I want to catch it this year. I also want to hit an Irish pub to drink a green beer or two and sing a few Irish tunes. I don't sing that great but I doubt anyone will care.

I plan to dress up more for this years celebration with a St. Paddy's shirt, hat, jewelry, and socks. I'll put something fun in my hair, do my nails and makeup with a green theme too! It's all in fun so why not? Hope to see you all there!:)

Blackhawks - Marist High School Marching Band Chicago, IL
Blackhawks - Marist High School Marching Band Chicago, IL
Irish American Heritage Center www.Irish-American.org
Irish American Heritage Center www.Irish-American.org
Baton Twirlers
Baton Twirlers
A roller skating Pope?
A roller skating Pope?
St. Johns Northwestern Military Academy - Delafield, WI
St. Johns Northwestern Military Academy - Delafield, WI
Mercy Homes - Shamrocks for Kids Float
Mercy Homes - Shamrocks for Kids Float

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    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      5 years ago

      How cool! I try to visit Chicago at least once a month to visit my son who lives there and to see the sights. Thanks for checking this out!

    • joanwz profile image

      Joan Whetzel 

      5 years ago from Katy, Texas

      I used to live in one of the Chicago suburbs and I remember what a big deal these St. Patrick's Day parades were. Great article and superb pix.

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