South Side Irish Parade Draws Thousands

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    Rainy weather didn't keep thousands of Chicagoans from crowding the city's South Side Streets Sunday to celebrate the South Side Irish Parade.

    Rainy weather didn't keep thousands of Chicagoans from crowding the city's South Side Streets Sunday to celebrate the South Side Irish Parade.

    Parade-goers celebrated the second successful celebration after a two-year hiatus due to previous issues with rowdy, drunken crowds and also honored current and fallen Chicago-area first responders.

    "The people of Chicago really appreciate what they do," said Diane Patmon, wife of recently fallen Chicago firefighter Walter Patmon. "This is a time to actually celebrate."

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    Chicago's Irish celebrators crammed the streets in what many said is a much more "family-oriented" event. 

    "It got pretty crazy after a few years, but now it seems more family oriented," said parade-goer Dawn Podworny. "It's a lot of fun."

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    It's one of the biggest parades in Chicago and this year, the South Side Irish Parade will honor first responders.

    Parade officials implemented strict drinking rules for this year's festivities and violators could face charges of up $1,000 and six months in jail if they don't pay.

    Co-Chair of the parade Kevin Coakley said they expected an incident-free event.

    "This is about being from the neighborhood, being irish and celebrating our heritage," he said,

    Sen. Dick Durbin was among the honored walkers in the parade.

    "It's a much better orientation," he said. "This is a great event for Chicago. One of the best."