St. Patrick’s Day Parade


Nora Stilwell, Co-Editor-in-Chief

This past Saturday on March 11, Chicago held its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade to celebrate the Irish culture and its traditions. From the festive streets of downtown Chicago, to the luminous shades of emerald green, the city was brimming with the Irish and those pretending to be. On this day, both visitors and local residents crowded the streets of Chicago to watch the different performances in the Loop parade, and if lucky enough, to witness the boats dye the river bright green.

“I have never been to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade till this year,” said Madisyn Mihalovits (`17). “I went with a few of my friends, and let’s just say it was a good time. The crowds were insane, and we met a lot of crazy, new people. I am definitely glad that I went.”

The dyeing of the river has been one of Chicago’s many famous traditions for generations. Around nine o’clock in the morning, the boats dropped around 45 pounds of green food coloring into the water located between Columbus Drive and Wacker Drive. The color however, only lasted for about four to five hours before the green food coloring faded away and the water turned back to its original color.

“The dyeing of the river was probably my favorite part of the parade,” said Sydney Hohn (`17). “It was my first time witnessing it. My friends and I took the earlier train to Chicago just to see the river. We had to stand in the freezing cold, but it was definitely worth it.”

The parade started at noon, and lasted for about three hours. The parade consisted of large floats that towered over the crowds, roaring bagpipers, Irish dancers, marching bands, and anything green. The streets and local taverns were packed with locals celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. This year, the parade was broadcasted live on ABC News-Channel seven.

The streets of Rockford also celebrated St Patty`s Day earlier this year that same Saturday. The family-friendly parade was held from three in the afternoon to eight o’clock in the evening. The parade was full of shamrocks, the sound of bagpipes, and enough candy to go around for all of the children. Similar to Chicago, the local bars were crowded, and the streets were jam-packed with all of the people and festivities.

All in all, Illinois was very busy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, full of family and friends, Irish dancers, bagpipes, and a lot of green.