You can now purchase a miniature version of the street poll banners that are displayed along Western Avenue during parade season. The mini banners will be available for purchase until Dec. 19. If you want it before Christmas orders must be in before Dec. 16.
"We’ve had numerous requests for the banners so this year, we decided to offer a special limited time opportunity to take share a bit of the South Side Irish Saint Patrick’s Day Parade this Christmas. Normally, the only way to obtain a mini-banner is to purchase a Street Pole Banner which are hung along the Western Avenue parade route during the month of March," said Kevin Coakley, co-chair of the South Side Irish Parade Committee, in a news release. "This is a holiday special limited time opportunity for everyone who grew up on the South Side to bring home a piece of the parade for their families to enjoy year round.”
The banners are 12 by 24 inches and can be customized with your family name or any special message. Framed banners cost $100 and unframed banners go for $50.
You can shop online at www.southsideirishparade.org or at the South Side Irish Parade Store at 10934 S. Western Avenue.
The store is open on Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds of the banners and other merchandise go toward the operational costs of the parade.