By Andrew Thompson ‘19


March, filled with shamrocks, melted snow and parades, gives people hope of the beginning of spring and the long awaited end of winter. When the snow melts, green grass appears and brings a smile to people faces.

Not only does the grass become green again, so does the Chicago River, our milkshakes and our clothes.

Senior Ciarán Sheridan said, “I wear green. I eat potatoes. I call my family in Ireland.”

For many southsiders, March is a time to celebrate their Irish heritage, and for those who aren’t Irish, it is a time where they can pretend to be and nobody will question them.

But how does one celebrate all the month of March has to offer?

Many people, Irish or not, start off the month with a nice Shamrock shake from McDonald’s. Senior and McDonald’s expert Seamus Cannon said, “Shamrock shakes to me are the beginning of my favorite time of year. Being Irish, I look forward to my favorite holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, and celebrating my heritage.”

St. Patrick’s Day is an extremely important holiday for people with an Irish background. This cherished holiday can be a priority for many southside families.

Chicago Southsider Pat Foertsch said, “To us, the South Side Irish Parade is one of the biggest days of the year. We invite friends, family and neighbors to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and just have an amazing time. We celebrate with corned beef sandwiches, Irish music and so much more. I anticipate the day every time it comes around, and every time it passes, I start the countdown all over again.”

Parades are one of the best ways to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day season. Lucky for us, there are so many parades to choose from. Another great bonus – all of these parades will be joined by the oldest, continuing bagpipe band in the country: the Stockyard Kilty Band.

Here is a list of a few parades near you:

March 2, Oak Forest 11:00 a.m.

March 9, Countryside, 1:00 p.m.

March 9, Lemont 1:00 p.m.

March 10, Tinley Park 1:00 p.m.

March 10, Plainfield 1:00 p.m.

March 16, St. Patrick’s Day Parade (downtown) noon (Chicago River dyeing 9:00 a.m.)

March 17, SouthSide Irish Parade (Beverly) noon

There are so many ways to celebrate in the month of March. The important thing to remember is why we celebrate. We celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick on March 17 to remember and honor the patron saint of Ireland, who was known for using the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.

Please, go out! Celebrate! Eat some soda bread! Most importantly, have fun!