Chicago St. Patrick’s Day: Parade steps off today following 2-year hiatus, guide to Chicago River dyeing – What We Know!

Chicago St. Patrick's Day: Parade steps off today following 2-year hiatus, guide to Chicago River dyeing
CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is again immediately following a two-year pandemic hiatus and crowds will as soon as once more be welcomed again to look at the Chicago River dyeing.

Final yr, Chicago nonetheless dyed the river inexperienced – however the metropolis did it as a shock in order not to attract massive crowds within the midst of the pandemic.

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The parade theme for the 67th Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade is “honoring Chicagoland’s important staff.” Parade organizers and the town have stepped up safety and public security to advertise a family-friendly surroundings.

Right here’s every thing it’s good to learn about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago this weekend:

When time do they dye the Chicago River inexperienced?

In response to the town’s Workplace of Emergency Administration and Communications, the Chicago River can be dyed inexperienced starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2022. The Chicago River dyeing will happen simply west of the Columbus bridge to the east of Orleans earlier than Wolf Level.

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The place is one of the best place to look at the Chicago River dyeing?

The river dyeing may be considered alongside the river from Higher Wacker Drive.

Through the dyeing of the river, bridges can be closed to spectators. Nevertheless, the Columbus, LaSalle and Orleans bridges will stay open for vehicular/pedestrian visitors.

The Chicago Riverwalk can be closed from 11 p.m. on Friday, March 11, by way of the day on Saturday, March 12 till 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 13.

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How does Chicago dye the river inexperienced for St. Patrick’s Day?

The dyeing of the Chicago River is the work of Chicago Plumbers Union Native 130. They use a proprietary dye to show the Chicago River inexperienced in three boats, two with the key sauce and a chaser vessel to combine it up. The dye is basically meals coloring concocted by the plumbers years in the past to assist hint leaks in buildings.

How lengthy does the Chicago River keep inexperienced?

The dye will keep within the river for twenty-four to 48 hours.

What’s the Chicago climate forecast like for Saturday morning?

Saturday can be sunny however very chilly and breezy, with wind chills solely within the single digits. The temperature is predicted to hit 20 by the point the river dyeing begins at 10 a.m., however it can solely really feel like 5 levels. Watch the newest ABC7 AccuWeather Forecast right here.

What time is the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade?

Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at 12:15 p.m. at Balbo and Columbus Drive continuing north on Columbus to Monroe Road. The viewing stand can be situated in entrance of Buckingham Fountain.

Anticipate road closures as early as 8 a.m. together with Columbus Drive from Roosevelt Highway to Wacker Drive and east/west streets in these boundaries. Streets inside the boundary of Monroe Road between Michigan Avenue and DuSable Lake Shore Drive can be closed.

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DuSable Lake Shore Drive or State Road can be utilized as an alternate route. For added particulars, go to

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How can I watch the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade?

The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade can be broadcast stay by ABC 7 Chicago starting at midday. You possibly can watch stay on tv, and wherever you stream ABC7. The printed can be posted on-line to look at on-demand.

Judy Hsu and Ryan Chiaverini will host the particular, with Meteorologist Larry Mowry overlaying the thrill and pageantry on the road. We hope you’ll tune in for all the enjoyable.

How can I view the parade in individual?

Entry to the parade route alongside Columbus begins at 10 a.m. and can solely be permitted at Jackson and Ida B. Wells Drive (previously Congress Drive). All entry factors can have safety checkpoints the place all purses and luggage can be checked. Coolers, alcoholic drinks, camelbacks, or private water bottles won’t be permitted alongside the parade route.

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What else is happening in Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day weekend?

Archer Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 12
The Archer Avenue parade steps off at midday at 53rd Road and South Oak Park and proceeds south on Oak Park to Archer Avenue; east on Archer to Narragansett; south on Narragansett to 5600 S. Narragansett. The parade is predicted to conclude at 2 p.m. and can profit “Get Behind the Vest,” a Chicago Police Memorial Fund effort, to supply bullet proof vest covers to law enforcement officials.

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South Aspect Irish Parade, Sunday, March 13
The South Aspect Irish Parade steps off at midday at 103rd and Western Avenue, marching south to a hundred and fifteenth and Western Avenue. Parking restrictions within the space start at 8 a.m. and can stay till 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, however anybody parking within the space that day ought to learn signage earlier than parking. Anticipate parking restrictions on each side of the road from 103rd to 112th Streets alongside Western Avenue. The staging space is situated on Western Avenue from 99th to 103rd Streets and Bell to Maplewood Avenues. Road closures alongside the parade route in addition to the staging space start as early as 9 a.m. The parade is predicted to finish at 3 p.m., the disbanding space is situated on Western Avenue from a hundred and fifteenth to 119th Streets. For added particulars, go to

Northwest Aspect Irish Parade, Sunday, March 13
The parade steps off at midday at Onahan Faculty, at 6634 W. Raven St. continuing south on Neola Avenue to Northwest Freeway and north to Harlem Avenue within the Norwood Park neighborhood. Northwest Freeway can be closed to autos at 9am. Parking restrictions are in impact alongside the route starting at 7 a.m. and proceed by way of 1:30 p.m. Each side of the road on Neola, Raven, Northwest Freeway, Normandy Avenue, Imlay, Neva, Palatine and Natoma alongside the route can be affected. For added particulars, go to

Daniel Murray, 87, began the parade practically 20 years in the past to honor his spouse who died in 2002. His daughter Liz, who serves as parade organizer, expects an excellent turnout.

“We’re prepared for it,” stated Elizabeth Murray-Belcaster. “We’re actually able to placed on an excellent present. I believe the contributors within the parade, the dancers, the bands that we’ve got, all people’s excited to be again.”

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