South Side Irish Parade, others set for weekend

March 10, 2012 8:31:29 AM PST
The South Side Irish Parade celebrating St. Patrick's Day returns Sunday with a focus on being family-friendly.

It's one of many Irish parades and celebrations taking place across the Chicago area over the weekend.

The parade steps off at 11 a.m. at 103rd Street and Western.

Also on Sunday, the Northwest Irish Parade kicks off at 12 p.m. at Raven and Neola. An after party follows at the Immaculate Conception Recreation Center.

Southwest suburban Tinley Park also holds its Irish Parade Sunday at 2 p.m. beginning at Central Middle School on Oak Park Ave. The grand marshal is ABC7's Ben Bradley.

On Saturday, Oak Forest held its third annual Fleadh, which is Gaelic for "festival," Saturday. It all started with a 5K race at 8:30 a.m. followed by an open bike run at 10 a.m. The family parade was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. from 157th Street along Cicero to 151st Street.

In west suburban Forest Park, residents planned to celebrate with their St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday, as well, which was set for 1 p.m. The parade features bagpipe bands, floats, Irish dancers and more.