Return of the South Side Irish Parade?

Organizers want a more sober event

By Jennifer Schwarz
|  Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011  |  Updated 3:22 PM CDT
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A group of about 50 people met Monday at the Beverly Arts Center to discuss the possibility of bringing back a beloved South-Side tradition.

James "Skinny" Sheahan presided over the meeting aimed at resurrecting a more sober version of the South Side Irish Parade on a one-year trial basis in 2012, according to The Chicago-Sun Times.

The parade marched down Western Avenue for 31 consecutive years before being canceled in 2009. That year, more than 300,000 revelers lined the streets and 54 people were arrested for public drinking and fighting.  
 
Following the arrests, parade committee members said they worried the hundreds of thousands who descend on Beverly have become far too much to handle and the event has lost its roots as a family-friendly festival.

Several groups have since tried to restart the parade on their own.

 

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