The largest neighborhood based St. Patrick’s Day Parade outside of Ireland, the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade, will kick off the festivities with a pre-parade fundraiser on Saturday, February 27, 2016. The event will feature raffle prizes, a silent auction, the South Side Irish Parade Queen Selection and much more. The party will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 West 115th Street, Merrionette Park, IL, 60803.
Tickets for the pre-parade fundraiser cost $30 and may be purchased online or at the door. Tickets include draft beer, dinner buffet and live music from the Larkin & Moran Brothers and Sean & Charlie inside the 115 Bourbon Street Performance Hall. New this year, the fundraiser will also feature Irish traditional music sessions inside The Saloon offering a quieter approach.
New South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade merchandise including Irish coffee mugs, stemless wine glasses, pint glasses and street pole banners will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the evening help support the 2016 parade scheduled for Sunday, March 13 down Western Avenue.
Among the highlights of the fundraiser is the selection of the South Side Irish Parade Queen. The South Side Irish Parade Queen will be prominently featured during the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade and ride in the downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The selection will be announced during the Pre-Parade Party. Interested young ladies of Irish descent between the ages of 18-27 are encouraged to apply. Please see www.chicagoroseoftralee.com for an application.
The first South Side Irish Parade was held on March 17, 1979. The 2015 South Side Irish Parade featured over 100 entries and attracted more than 200,000 spectators. The parade is operated by the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, where more than 60 volunteers work year round to ensure this family friendly celebration continues for future generations.