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The South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee announces “Thankful for Catholic Elementary School Teachers” will be this year’s Grand Marshal. The Committee is thankful for all of the hardworking individuals who dedicate their lives to educating Chicago’s Catholic school children and has invited 16 local area schools to participate as the Grand Marshal unit.

The Grand Marshal unit will be represented by the school principals, teachers and staff as they lead the annual march down Western Avenue on Sunday, March 15. Schools include: Christ the King, Most Holy Redeemer, Queen of Martyrs, St. Barnabas, St. Bede the Venerable, St. Benedict, St. Cajetan, St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Christina, St. Ethelreda, St. Gerald, St. Germaine, St. John Fisher, St. Linus, St. Margaret of Scotland, and St. Walter.

Parade Committee co-chair Jim Smith led a ceremony announcing this year’s Grand Marshal and Honoree.

“The South Side Irish Parade was founded on the themes of faith, family, community and Irish heritage and local Catholic elementary school teachers go that extra mile every day evoking the themes and inspiring our students. We are honored to have representatives of area Catholic elementary school teachers to be this year’s Grand Marshal,” said Smith.

Meghan Coleman, a third grade teacher at St. Cajetan School and Catholic school educator of over 12 years shared, “ As I stand on the steps of St. Cajetan School, the home of the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade that balances the values of faith, family, community and Irish heritage and on behalf of all Catholic school teachers, we are proud and  humbled to lead this year’s Parade”.

Parade Co-Chair, Tim McSweeney presented each of the participating schools with a commemorative South Side Irish Parade mini-banner.

The Tom Hopkins Foundation is the 2020 Parade Honoree. The foundation, founded by the children of Tom Hopkins or “Papa Hops”, strives to assist families affected by cancer and to support youth athletics.

The South Side Irish Parade will kick off the festivities with a pre-parade fundraiser on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The party will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 West 115th Street, Merrionette Park, IL, 60803. Proceeds from the evening will help support the expense of operating the parade.

Tickets are $40 at the door and admission includes a dinner buffet, draft beer and wine. The event will feature raffle prizes, a silent auction, selection of the South Side Irish Parade Queen, and much more. The Larkin & Moran Brothers and the Avondale Ramblers will provide live music inside the 115 Bourbon Street Performance Hall. The fundraiser will also feature a quieter approach with Irish traditional music sessions featuring Pat Finnegan and Friends inside the Saloon.

South Side Irish Parade merchandise will be available for purchase at South Side Irish Imports, 3446 W. 111th St. Chicago, IL 60655, through St. Patrick’s Day.

The 5th Annual South Side Irish Parade Film Fest will take place at the Beverly Art Center on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The Film Fest will feature an afternoon matinee, pre-feature reception, an evening feature film, and a post-film musical performance. For tickets call 773-445-3838 or visit beverlyartcenter.org.

About The South Side Irish Parade:

The parade is operated by the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, where more than 100 volunteers work year-round to ensure this family-friendly celebration continues for future generations.

The parade is generously supported by major sponsors including by Paddy’s Irish Whiskey, Lakeshore Beverage, The Beverly Review, Raising Cane’s, IUOE Local 399, IUOE Local 150, Chicago White Sox, ComEd, County Fair Foods and South Side Irish Imports.

Visit southsideirishparade.org for more information on the pre-parade fundraiser and the South Side Irish Parade.

February 2020

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