Sunshine and lots of Irish music, dancing and good cheer kept the South Side Irish warm as they turned out for the annual South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 12. Although the chilly temps reduced attendance somewhat, over 100 entries, including pipe bands, marching bands, Irish dancers and festive floats representing community organizations from the city and suburbs, marched down Western Avenue. Cutting the ribbon to start the parade were representatives of the Grand Marshal, the Les Turner ALS Foundation, a leader in research, patient care and education about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) for 40 years, and the parade’s Special Honoree, Christmas Without Cancer, a nonprofit organization that provides gifts and basic necessities to families stricken with cancer. Before the parade, over 125 runners took part in the Emerald Isle Mile, hosted by Running Excels. The one-mile timed run was won by Joe Lerner with a time of 4:47:2. Rumbi Chidavaenzi was the top female runner with a time of 6:09:9. Reigning as the 2017 South Side Irish Parade Queen, Shannon Zofkie is also the South Side Irish Rose in the Chicago Rose of Tralee Selection set for April 8 at Ridge Country Club. The winner will move on to represent Chicago in the international selection in Tralee, Ireland. According to the Chicago Police Department 22nd District, no arrests were made at the parade, but eight citations were issued for peddling without a license. All in all, the parade was another fine example of the family, faith and heritage it was founded upon; the luck of the Irish was also evident as snowstorms hit Chicago on the day after the parade. (Review photos)