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St. Patrick's Day in Chicago: 3 parades after turning the Chicago River green

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St. Patrick’s Day weekend officially started in Chicago with turning the Chicago River green, which is an annual event in the city. Thousands of persons showed up on Saturday morning to watch the dyeing of the Chicago River’s waters prior to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade which happens on Saturday afternoon, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Saturday.

The dyeing of the Chicago River is done as a boat moves along the water and leaves a trail of the green dye behind it.

While the river changes color to Irish green, bagpipes were played on stairs off Michigan Avenue which lead down to the river.

At noon, the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade begins in Grant Park. From the corner of Balbo Drive and Columbus Drive, where the parade route begins, it will head north on Columbus to Monroe Street. Streets are closed off in the Grant Park area. Columbus Drive is shut down from Randolph Street to Roosevelt Road until the parade ends.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the South Side begins at noon on Sunday. That parade goes from 103rd Street to 115th Street. Street closings will be throughout the area at 9 a.m. There will be no parking on Western Avenue from 99th Street to 119th Street starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday. Beginning at 8 a.m., there is no parking allowed on the east side of Artesian Avenue from 103rd Street to 111th Street and on the west side of Claremont Avenue from 103rd Street to 107th Street. There is an Irish Parade on the Northwest Side at noon on Sunday also. It begins at William J. Onahan School at 6634 West Raven Street. From there, it goes east on Raven to Neola Avenue, then goes southwest on Neola to Northwest Highway, then goes northwest to Harlem.

St. Patrick’s Day is officially on Monday.

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