On Saturday, March 15h, everyone's Irish -- and ABC 7 Chicago will continue the celebration of a grand Chicago tradition with the 25th annual broadcast of the Downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade from Noon to 1:30 p.m. Hosts Joel Daly, who will also be marching in this year's parade as "Guest of Honor," Mike Caplan and Frank Mathie join in the fun and help showcase the live coverage of all the music, dance and laughter that make this one of the most anticipated Chicago events each year.
More than 20 bands, 80 floats, thousands of marchers and a few leprechauns will be featured as the parade proceeds from Balbo Drive, north on Columbus Drive to Monroe Street. The ABC 7 Chicago float will also be part of the festivities. Scheduled to appear on this year's float are ABC 7's Mark Giangreco, Tracy Butler, Jim Rose, Ravi Baichwal, Karen Meyer, Jeff Blanzy and "Mr. Food." The parade will be broadcast live and in high definition.
ALSO IN HIGH DEFINITION
Saturday, March 15th
Downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
The Downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade and the South Side Irish Parade are produced by Executive Producer of Local Programming, Crick Bowen.
The only thing better than celebrating St. Patty's Day on the South Side was watching the South Side Irish Parade on ABC 7 Chicago, Sunday, March 9th at 1:00 p.m. Hosted by Janet Davies and Bob Wallace, with special curbside reports from native South Sider Lou Canellis of "190 North," this was the sixth year ABC 7 Chicago brought viewers coverage of the colorful neighborhood parade. Scheduled to ride atop ABC 7's float were members of the ABC 7 news team--Jerry Taft, Linda Yu, and Ben Bradley.