March in the Downtown Chicago St. Pat’s Parade.
Two ways to march in the parade
The downtown Chicago 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held at noon on Saturday, March 17, 2018. You can March with 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly or with the Irish American Heritage Center.
March with 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
March with the Irish American Heritage Center (IAHC) even if you are not a member
The IAHC participates in both the Downtown and Northwest Side Irish parades. If you, your friends and family plan to join either of the parades, call 773-282-7035, ext. 13 with your family name, which parade (Downtown or Northwest Side) and how many people are joining.
Downtown the IAHC float will be staged near Balbo on Columbus Drive. Marchers should gather no later than 11:30am on Columbus Drive near Balbo. At the Northwest side parade the IAHC float will be staged near Onahan School at 6634 W. Raven Street, at the back of the school. Marchers should gather no later than 11:30am at the back of the school.
Seating on the float in both parades is limited and for children only and IAHC members receive first preference. They ask all adults to walk alongside the float.
About the Downtown St. Pat’s Parade
The parade route is .6 of a mile.
Dyeing the Chicago River begins at 9:00 am at Chicago River and Michigan Avenue. The dyeing can be best viewed from the East side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. Be careful on Lower Wacker Drive.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade 12 noon Columbus Drive starting at Balbo and heading north to Monroe.