2018 South Side Irish Parade

2018 South Side Irish Parade

The South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade will officially return this year.

After a two-year hiatus, officials said this year’s parade will be Sunday, March 13.

As always, it will step off at noon at 103rd Street and Western Avenue.

The parade was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

Organizers are working on a new pre-parade fundraiser, officials said, and other ways for people to support the parade from home as the pandemic still impacts everyday life. Organizers remain focused on driving support for local businesses.

The return of the parade isn’t overly shocking, as large crowds have been allowed to gather for both indoor and outdoor events for several months.

The Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls have all operated at full capacity this year, and Lollapalooza, a four-day outdoor music festival, was held at Grant Park in August.

In 2020, the parade was canceled just days before it was to be held, right as the pandemic shut down large portions of society.

Last year, organizers hosted a “Shamrock Our Blocks” home-decorating contest, with the winners announced at Barney Callaghan’s Pub on March 13, 2021.

That day, organizers said they were looking forward to hosting the parade again in exactly a year.

Now, that will happen.

This story will be updated as more details become available, and a full story will appear in the Jan. 19 issue of The Beverly Review.