Wednesday, March 25, 2009


A press release from the
For Immediate Release 25Mar2009

For confirmation contact Mary Beth Sheehan (773-393-8687)


Let this release serve as notice that the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is not planning to stage a parade in its present form in March of 2010.

This decision was not arrived at lightly. For 31 years, this parade was a staple of the Beverly/Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood communities – a celebration of faith, family and heritage that was cherished by thousands. Founded in 1979 by the Hendry and Coakley families, it was intended to instill in this community an appreciation for the Irish heritage that so many of its residents share.

This parade was an eagerly anticipated annual event which celebrated families, many of whom have created decades long traditions that we hope will endure. But what began as a neighborhood parade is now an event of international proportions. More than 300,000 people typically flock to the Beverly area each year, and the sheer volume has become more than the neighborhood can reasonably accommodate. With these numbers comes a collection of issues that strain both the host community and those individuals charged with effectively managing the crowds. Additionally, the amount of resources required to launch the event has become overwhelming to the community.

The Committee would like to thank the tens of thousands of parade faithful who supported this event for more than 30 years. The multigenerational families who turned out along Western Avenue each year, along with the fine organizations featured in the Line of March, were the essence of what made this parade so special. We would also like to thank the Chicago Police Department for the effort they put into managing the ever-growing crowd while working to maintain the dignity of the event.

While we regret the need to alter such a fine tradition, the Committee feels that suspending the South Side Irish Parade in its present form is the just and responsible thing to do. It is our hope, however, that this will not mean an end to the neighborhood’s annual celebration. The Committee will work to create a series of alternate events that will return us to what the parade’s founders had in mind – a neighborhood-friendly celebration of Irish heritage. Please look for news of our plans later this year.

Thank you for your support,

The South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee

Common sense has finally prevailed. A commenter on the previous post had a hard time with those who felt the need to rid the south side of this parade. He referred to an opposing commenter as a "pud" and anyone who didn't want to attend as one less asswipe that he had to worry about. According to your logic the whole committee must all be puds and we as a community have several thousand asswipes we don't have to worry about anymore.


Anonymous said...

Many have complained of the inequity of enforcement at SSI parade vs Bud Biliken. "if they can walk around partying, why do they make arrests in our neighborhood?!" my response has always been "because it's business as usual for them to DPW, piss in open view on the street, puke on lawns and fall out on the street. Not to mention speak trash and vulgarities in front of children, throw a block up for grabs with a brawl and fight with the police. Even if for just one day a year, I don't want MY community to accept that behavior and I work my ass off to be able to prevent my children from ever having to see it. Thank God they finally came to their senses and decided to put an end to the insanity. We are better than that and deserve and demand more than what this once proud tradition was turned into. Kudos to the powers that be for a wise decision. (wow-don't often get to say that!)

Anonymous said...

SSI Parade Committee made the correct call. Their event was unfairly hijacked and destroyed by people who wanted an outdoor drinking festival. Nothing against outdoor drinking festivals but they didn't intend their parade to facilitate one.

Thanks from a neighbor who has had enough. I wish you luck with events in the future.

and as always, feck them eeejits

Anonymous said...

not to forget rapes of two kids in back of a western ave, bar

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