By Eddie Maloney ‘24

Countless people flocked to Western Ave. last weekend for the annual South Side Irish Parade. Vendors, locals, tourists, and people of all ages showed up to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together. Thankfully, the weather stayed mild and cool the entire day, allowing the events to run smoothly and on schedule.

Reflecting on a new annual tradition of his, senior Charlie Boyer said, “Although I am not from Beverly, I still enjoy attending the parade each year and witnessing the camaraderie between all of the people in the neighborhood.”

Each year, the surrounding community looks forward to this event, as it has become arguably one of the most anticipated events each year.

Senior Ryan Hartz, a local resident in the Beverly neighborhood, said, “The South side Irish parade is always a great event. Especially for the neighborhood, being able to see people of all ages enjoying such a great holiday with each other makes it one of the best days of the year.”

Various groups took part in walking in the parade. From local retirement community Smith Village to local parishes like Most Holy Redeemer and even political candidates strolling down Western, this was truly a community event.

Senior Michael Horan said, “My family has continued to keep traditions rooted in our Irish heritage alive, like eating corned beef, potatoes, and soda bread each year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together. While going to the parade in Beverly is not part of our yearly traditions, it is very cool to see how taking part in the parade has become part of the tradition of many other families.”