South Side Irish Parade Expected To Make A Comeback Next Month

CHICAGO (CBS) — President Clinton marched in it, and President Obama has sung its praises, but that didn’t stop organizers from canceling the last two South Side Irish parades.

In the coming days, though, the city is expected to issue a permit that is essentially a new lease on life.

Two years ago, the massive party known as the South Side Irish Parade came to a stop. The reasons: underage drinking and drug- and alcohol-fueled brawls. That forced the cancellation of the 2010 and 2011 parades.

More than 30 people and officials at a City Hall conference emerged from the closed-door meeting Friday confident that the parade will be back next month.

Even the alderman who led the fight against the parade seemed to admit as much.

“I would say today there will be a South Side Irish Parade on March 11,” said 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea.

O’Shea says the security plan that was presented Friday eased his concerns.

“I want the South Side Irish Parade that I grew up with back. I don’t want what we had the last few years,” he said.

O’Shea’s uncle, Jim “Skinny” Sheahan, helped lead the fight to bring the parade back — at times over Ald. O’Shea’s vehement objections.

“The Irish are known to disagree with each other once in a while,” Skinny Sheahan said.

Sheahan admits that the Irish parade was broken. He says this year’s security plan, which will feature more than 200 hired security guards, will fix the problems.

“There is no parade in the city of Chicago that puts forth a security plan,” he added.

The chairman of the parade says drinking will not be allowed.

“The Chicago Police Department is committed to enforcing a zero-tolerance policy,” Parade Chairman Joe Connelly said.

The organizers plan to hold public hearings in Beverly in the next 10 days to address the concerns of residents. Tomorrow, there will be a fundraiser at Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park.

  • Afro

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT! Come on Lyndia you can hang around me :-)

    • Lyndia

      All you needs is lots of green and drink and I be there.

      • Lyndia

        I do not drink, bit@@. Your mama cooked some greens last night. I heard you ate your stanky little ass off.

    • Lyndia

      Afro, I will be there. My Great Great Grandfather was Irish. He had a white wife and a black one too. Children by both of them (old bas@@@@) He owned land in Mississippi and gave all of this black children 40 areas and a mule in 1866. The papers are in Jackson, Mississippi and we still own the land, church and graveyard where he and both family lie. His name was Tom Campbell. His white wife name was Hannah and the black woman’s name was Sarah. Did your Great Great Great grand daddy leave your poor ass anything?

  • Bruce

    I’d keep an eye on the Northsiders and the suburbanites. The locals know how to keep it clean.

    • Afro

      oi Bruce, the dam hommos, yeah I forgot they are some undignified chaps, very atrocious indeed.

  • m m man

    Send them back to Ireland. Most of them act like drunk lushes relieving themselves were ever they please. The cops were useless and i’m sure the rent a cops will be also.

  • NWA

    Y’all be at the parade I be robbing y’all homes.


    • RedAfro

      You just go right ahead NWA but be forewarned I have 4 very well behaved Red Dobermans that love to eat NlGGERS like you bones and all.

      • Lyndia

        I now understand why the north side irish hate the southside irish. it appears that the northside irish are a little more cultured and refined, not to mention intelligent. take you dobermans back to the dog house and get in there with them. I will personally have my gun with me. f conceal carry.

  • Gary

    Even news of this parade brings out the morons from under their rocks to comment. I’m surprised these trolls even know how to write.

  • Gary

    NWA, RedAfro, et al…here’s a thought for you: ESAD

    • RedAfro

      North side the only thing on their mind is eating sh!t

      • Lyndia

        You are a dog that eat sh!t, so what is the difference?

  • RedAfro

    Sorry Gary it won’t happen, keep wishing though, I bet would you like to kiss my Blarney Stones wouldn’t ya you hommo freak of nature.

  • RedAfro

    Aye Bruce ya can always tell the north side.

  • juju

    The people under the stairs are back and writing posts they can’t back up. Silly rabbits.

    • Percy Peanuss

      I bet you conduct alot of your business under the stairs and on your back, juju.

      • Lyndia

        Not on his back. On his stomach with his fat azz pushed up.

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  • juju

    You bet wrong Pea-anus. Are you trying to say something with your handle bar name. Need a little something, something? Hmmm. Now go away little rabbit.

    • Lyndia

      He is not a rabbit. He is a dog.

  • humboldtwriter

    It is great news that this time-honored tradition will return, albeit reformed. As always, a minority ruins it for everyone. Is it true that the organizers cancelled the Parade due to the complaints of the neighbors/citizens? I live in Humboldt Park, and some of us have been trying to get the worst elements of the Puerto Rican Festival and Parade reformed for years. A little public urination and brawling is small potatoes when compared to the shootings, stabbings, constant shouting of gang slogans and showing of gang signs/colors; there are ALWAYS shootings and/or stabbings at the P.R.Fest, year in, year out. We have tried to speak with the parade committee and Festival organizer, spoke to Alderman, complained to city officials, met with the police, and although we have been successful in getting police resources better deployed, it is still a dangerous festival and terrorizes the residents and citizens, and IT LASTS FOR SIX DAYS!!! Children (not in the parade but in traffic) riding on top of hoods and roofs of cars; I could go on and on. How did the community successfully influence the SSI Parade organizers and the city and increase security and raise the bar of behavior? We are tired of being terrorized in Humboldt Park and want the Puerto Rican Festival and Parade reformed into a family friendly and all-inclusive event for the neighborhood and for all. Any suggestions?

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  • Bob

    I see the St Xavier footbal team will be in the parade.
    For those of you that dont know, St Xavier won the NAIA College Football Championship back in December…..

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