South Side Preps for St. Patrick's Day Parade

Annual parade returns after two-year hiatus

Friday, Mar 9, 2012  |  Updated 4:05 PM CDT
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The South Side Irish Parade steps off once again Sunday after being canceled in 2009. NBCChicago's LeeAnn Trotter runs through the changes made for the parade and what traditions will remain. Plus details on route information and extra events.

The South Side Irish Parade steps off once again Sunday after being canceled in 2009. NBCChicago's LeeAnn Trotter runs through the changes made for the parade and what traditions will remain. Plus details on route information and extra events.

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Zero tolerance.

Those are the buzzwords surrounding the return of the South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The tradition is back after a two-year hiatus, stepping off March 11th at 11 a.m. -- an earlier start than years' past.

The route is on Western Avenue from 103rd Street to 115th St., but as most revelers already know, this year's parade will be much different than the drunk fest it become known for, a planned return to its family-friendly atmosphere.

Security details include:

  • Fines for open alcohol throughout the neighborhood.
  • Security check points surrounding the Parade route checking for alcohol.
  • No alcohol on Metra Rock Island trains on Parade Day.
  • Buses will be directed to specific drop-off/pick-up points.

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