St. Patrick’s Day Parade
A couple weeks ago, Chicagoans couldn’t be blamed for worrying about whether the Chicago River could be dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day, or if someone would have to paint ice floes to get the same effect.
Irish Bagpipe Band the Shannon Rovers has been part of Chicago’s rich Irish tradition since the ‘20s. Originally organized “for the promotion of Irish music and to help members who are in distress to run dances and social affairs to finance these objectives” (per meeting minutes from the 1930), today the group is 70-plus members strong and has become a staple of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations…
Thousands of people flocked to the Chicago River between Michigan and Wabash to watch the annual dyeing of the river green. Then they flocked through downtown streets and over to the parade rute on Columbus Drive, for the 56th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.