CHICAGO (CBS) – Irish eyes are smiling in the neighborhoods of Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood, as the South Side Irish Parade is set to return after a two-year hiatus.
The parade’s organizers announced its return on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #TraditionMarchesOn.
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The parade will take place at noon on March 13, along Western Avenue from 103e Street to 111e Street.
The South Side Irish Parade has been canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic.
More details on his return are expected to be announced shortly.
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The tradition began in the communities of Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood in 1979, but the pandemic was not the first time it was forced to close.
The parade became so popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s that it became more Mardi Gras-like, turning into an increasingly rowdy event, drawing hundreds of thousands of people, many of them were getting drunk even before the parade started.
Neighbors became increasingly frustrated with the crowds, prompting organizers to put the parade on hold for a few years after the 2009 parade, with the parade finally returning in 2012 with a more family-friendly atmosphere ever since.
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Even though last year’s parade was canceled, organizers still encouraged locals to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by decorating their homes for a “Shamrock Our Blocks” contest.