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St. Patrick's Day Parade Summary

Event Overview: The Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade is held every year on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day, unless the Irish holiday actually falls on a Saturday. The Chicago River is dyed green at 10:00 am, and the St. Patrick's Day Parade Chicago kicks off at noon. Thousands of people attend the event each year, so make sure to arrive early to get a good spot. 

What to Expect: Large crowds are par for the course at this annual Chicago event. Thousands flock to the Loop area to watch the Chicago River turn green, and to see the St. Patrick's Day Chicago Parade.

  • Get Your Green On: Make sure that the luck of the Irish is with you at the Chicago Parade St. Patrick's Day by wearing as much green as you can. And don't forget to enjoy the green beer that is served at almost all the downtown Chicago bars.
  • Family-Friendly Event: The St. Patrick's Day Parade Chicago is a fun-filled day for kids and adults. Kids especially will enjoy watching the Chicago River dyed green, and the colorful array of floats in the parade.  

Inside Knowledge: With so many people traveling to Chicago to see the St. Patrick's Day Chicago Parade, parking is limited. Those who are lucky enough to find a spot can expect to pay a premium price for it. So in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, go green! Take public transport to the St. Patrick's Day Parade Chicago instead. There are a number of ways to get there, including via the Red and Blue Lines to Loop stops, and the Brown, Green, or Orange lines to any of the Wabash stops. The Chicago Metra, and Chicago buses also provide transportation on Chicago St. Patrick's Day.

Event Hints: Here are a couple of hints to help you enjoy St. Patrick's Day Chicago.

  • Dress Appropriately: March in Chicago is not the warmest month, and the Chicago Parade St. Patrick's Day will go on whether it's snowing, raining, or sunny. Make sure to bring a coat and an umbrella just in case.
  • Bring a Snack: The entire St. Patrick's Day Parade Chicago is about 3 hours in length, so make sure to bring some provisions with you. While food is available at the event, you won't want to lose your spot when you have to go and grab a bite to eat.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade



St. Patrick's Day Parade

Chicago, US
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Event Dates

Mar 15,2014

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Event Quick Facts

  • Since 1962, the dyeing of the Chicago River has been a major part of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Chicago festivities.
  • The dye formula for the St. Patrick's Day Parade Chicago is a closely guarded secret, but it has been approved and deemed environmentally friendly to the Chicago River.
  • Come rain or shine, no matter what the weather is like, the St. Patrick's Day Chicago parade will always go ahead. 



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Any Loop stops (Red, Blue Lines), Any Wabash stops (Brown, Green, Orange Lines),

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