South Side Irish Parade is Back, Minus Booze

The parade committee canceled the event in 2009 due to the arrests and public drunkenness. Officials promise a "zero tolerance" policy regarding alcohol this year, but do you think that will be enforced?

The South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade is returning to Beverly in 2012 after a two-year hiatus.

The South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee canceled the event in 2009 because officials believed the parade, which had become a booze-soaked, arrest-fest — had become too much of a disruption to the neighborhood. But the Sun-Times reported that the Chicago Department of Transportation issued a permit to the parade committee for March 11.

The catch? No booze allowed. Police will enforce a "zero-tolerance" policy.

Details of the event aren't available yet, but the parade's Facebook page asks fans to stay tuned for news and updates.

Without the South Side parade to attend, suburban alternatives attracted more parade-goers. Tinley Park restricted alcohol to bar areas in 2010 due to fears of rowdy spillover from people who used to go to the South Side Irish parade, but in 2011 after things went smoothly.

QC January 16, 2012 at 11:18 PM
ferbia January 18, 2012 at 07:56 AM
Don't leave your house either because the many many many fatalities aren't limited to western avenue - morons exist everywhere and the problems aren't nearly limited to the confines of the parade route. Shame the city is like Charley Brown - and Lucy is this stupid parade.
Dave W. January 22, 2012 at 04:32 AM
QC, the stereotype that Southsiders aren't as smart as Northsiders, primarily...furthermore, while I don't believe that, nor do I believe Irish people are dumber tham any other ethnicity, the fact that it is a 'Southside Irish parade' and has people DEFENDING criminal, stupid, rude behavior will no doubt not do ANYTHING to halt THAT perception either... ALSO...telling people to stay home from a parade that started, literally, as some moms who didn't want to (or couldn't) drag their kids downtown to stay home from a FAMILY parade, because drinkers can't NOT drink for a few hours out of a day...what sort of sad somment is THAT to make about the people who DO attend? AGAIN, this sort of mentality is exactly from where the stereotype comes...
Dave W. January 22, 2012 at 05:04 AM
How about THIS, instead...If you have to drink at a parade, STAY HOME. It's like, the law and stuff...Also, if you go downtown for ANY OTHER parade, does anybody else sit on their coolers full of 'adult beverages'? The weather is usually terrible and cold for say, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is also longer, yet amazingly, nobody has to urinate on the sidewalk in front of the Art Museum...weird, huh?
pezz7283 March 10, 2012 at 12:41 AM
What time does it start?


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