March in the Downtown Chicago St. Pat’s Parade.
***Update March 15, 2019 PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE CHICAGO POLICE & PARADE ORGANIZERS PLAN A STEPPED UP SECURITY PROCESS ON PARADE DAY TO ENSURE A SAFE AND FAMILY- FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT.
ENTRY TO THE PARADE ROUTE OPENS AT 9AM AND WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED AT JACKSON Drive AND IDA B. WELLS (formerly Congress Blvd.)
SECURITY CHECKPOINTS WILL BE SET UP FOR ENTRY TO THE PARADE ROUTE – SECURITY WILL BE CHECKING ALL BAGS AND PURSES. COOLERS, ALCOHOL OR OPEN BEVERAGES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO OR ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE.***
Two ways to march in the parade
The downtown Chicago 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held at noon on Saturday, March 16, 2019. 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. The parade route is .8 of a mile.
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.