South Side St. Patrick's Day Parade is Back! | NBC Chicago

South Side St. Patrick's Day Parade is Back!

Don't break out the green beer just yet.



    Almost three years after it was canceled, the South Side Irish Parade is marching back...sort of. This time there's no booze, but that hasn't dampened the anticipation.

    "We are happy to share some very exciting news!" announced the official website.

    The new and improved parade comes with private security team to enforce a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol. That includes the traditional green beer.

    The Chicago Department of Transportation made it official by issuing a permit for March 11 to the parade committee, according to Chicago Sun-Times.

    In 2009 the parade was canceled indefinitely after 54 people were arrested for charges ranging from disorderly conduct to public Urination.

    According to the official South Side St. Patrick's Day Parade Facebook page, the committee has teamed up with local merchants to hire a private security company. Their goal is to make this year's parade as family-friendly as possible.