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South Side Irish Parade Steps Off Sunday

Bagpipers march in the South Side Irish Parade on March 10, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Bagpipers march in the South Side Irish Parade on March 10, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s South Side Irish Parade is scheduled to step off at noon Sunday.

The parade follows the city’s downtown St. Patrick’s Day parade, which took place on Saturday.

The parade begins at 103rd and Western Avenue and is expected to last nearly two hours before ending at 115th and Western Avenue.

Along with Irish dancers and pipe bands, several 2014 winter Olympic athletes are participating in the parade.

Among the politicians expected to walk the parade route to greet potential voters in advance of Tuesday’s primary are Gov. Pat Quinn and state Sen. Bill Brady.

Parade officials are warning attendees that a zero-tolerance policy for public alcohol consumption will be in effect.

There will be security checkpoints surrounding the parade route staffed by private security and Chicago police.

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