Organizers: South Side Irish Parade Is On

CHICAGO (CBS)– The South Side Irish Parade, which had been halted because of alcohol-related problems, appears to be back.

Organizers told CBS 2 Thursday they have reached agreements that will allow a more tightly regulated parade to be held beginning 11 a.m. March 11 along Western Avenue from 103rd to 115th streets.

The famous – or infamous, to critics — parade was canceled in 2010 and 2011 because of underage drinking and alcohol-fueled brawls. Organizers of the revived event say they will hire a private security firm to ensure public intoxication and open alcohol is not tolerated, and they’ve also discouraged bars from sending charter buses full of drinkers.

“Our security plan … was created to target the problems that plagued the Parade the past few years including public intoxication, underage drinking, lack of respect for the surrounding neighborhood, and unruly spectators from outside the neighborhood,” the parade’s website says.

Organizers are still seeking volunteers and donations. The parade’s website lists Guinness and Bud Light as principal sponsors..

Last month, parade boosters and city officials met privately to discuss plans for a new parade, and even skeptics said it appeared organizers had adequately addressed concerns.

  • humboldtwriter

    If they would hold the Puerto Rican Festival and Parade to the same standards as this one, it would answer many’s prayers. The residents of the blocks surrounding Humboldt Park suffer FOR SIX DAYS STRAIGHT and there are few standards imposed upon attendees. The Puerto Rican Festival lasts from Tuesday through Sunday over the Father’s Day weekend, with a Puerto Rican parade on Saturday. They also need to find corporate sponsors and cease spending taxpayer money or Aldermanic menu money to pay for the festival and parade permits and the extensive clean-up and restoration of damage done to the 207 acre park during the Festival.

    • slippery

      have you ever driven through hombodt park ? how much damage can you do to humboldt park ?

  • Army Vet,VN

    The irish are going to a parade and they can;t drink and get drunk,can’t urinate or brawl who you guys trying to fool.

  • hey y'all

    The bars are already advertising about providing transportation down to the parade. It will be the same as before. I liked it, but too many out of town drunks.

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