Looking for a place to go for a fun St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Many lists are written ranking the top cities for celebrations on this day. New York City was chosen number one by the Top Ten Reviews for its 150,000 marchers and 2 million spectators. Boston was chosen number one by US News Travel for being the oldest. Savanna, GA gets ranked for its 750,000 spectators and green flowing fountains. St. Louis, MO gets ranked for its 5 mile run kicking off the festivities, huge parade, and the volume of parties following the parade at the local bars and pubs. And the fashionable parade in San Francisco, CA gets ranked as it follows the trolley tracks through the city.
But always making the top ten list and often ranking number one is Chicago’s downtown parade. Beertaste Test ranked it number one because of the dyeing of the river and the number of Irish pubs to go to after the parade. And what a great parade it is. But the Downtown St. Patrick’s Day parade is just part of the story in the Chicago area.
This year the South Side Parade is back and making headlines as being the place to go for clean family fun. And many other cities in the Chicago area are putting on St. Patrick’s Day parades of their own. Below is a list of some parades to look for this year in the Chicago area celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 17th, 2012 : Dyeing the river starts at 10:45 a.m. and the parade begins at noon. The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus Drive, and goes north to Columbus and Monroe.
Chicago’s South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade Family Fest: Sunday, March 11, 2012: Back as a family fun parade the South Side Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. and goes down Western Avenue from 103rd St. to 115th St.
Downtown Naperville St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 17, 2012: This parade starts at 10:00 a.m. at Naperville North High School, then goes south on Mill St., east on Jefferson St., south on Main St., west on Water St., and ends at Naperville’s municipal center.
Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 10, 2012: The parade starts at 12:00 noon at Wilson Street and Spring Road.
Forest Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade: This parade is Sunday, March 10, 2012: 1:00 p.m. along Madison Street from Van Buren to Harlem.
Palatine St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Market: Saturday, March 17, 2012: The Irish Market is from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. under a tent outside of Durty Nellies, and the parade starts at 11:00 a.m. in downtown Palatine.
Tinley Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Tinley’s parade is Sunday, March 11, 2012: 12:00 p.m. along Oak Park Ave.
But remember, green carnations are not always edible.