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Chicago St Patrick’s Day Parade 2017

Written on January 28, 2016

2017 Chicago Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

~ 2017 Parade Theme ~
“IRISH IMMIGRATION: A NEW WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY”

Proudly sponsored by
​Chicago Plumbers Local 130 UA since 1955

Jim Coyne, Business Manager of Plumbers Local 130 UA & the General Chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade 
would like to personally invite all of Chicago to join in the Celebration ~
​12 Noon ~ Saturday March 11th, 2017!  Slainte’!

Grand Marshal of the 2017 Chicago St. Patricks Day Parade
​Martin J. Healy, Jr., Attorney at Law,
Healy Scanlon Law Firm.
Recently on the cover of Leading Lawyers Magazine and voted by them as one of the top lawyers in
Illinois.

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Saturday March 11th, 2017 at Noon
The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus. The parade units will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain.

Dyeing the Chicago River

Saturday March 11th, 2017 at 9.30 am
Scheduled for 9.30 am. Best viewed from the East side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

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There are several accounts of Saint Patrick’s death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the “evil eye.” Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin city

A toast for St Patrick’s Day, “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”

Saint Patrick’s Day?
Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.

Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.

In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick’s Day is a very big deal. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, “wearing of the green,” music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green!