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Chicago, Illinois St. Patrick's Day Parade


St. Patrick's Day: ChicagoChicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade dates back to 1858, Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined up to see the floats, dancers, and marching bands close to Lake Michigan.  For a complete history of the parade, click here.


UPDATE for 2020: the parade for 2020 has been cancelled due to concerns about CoronaVirus, but should return in 2021.

Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm.  St. Paddy's Day festivities start with the dyeing of the Chicago River at 9am on Saturday, March 14, 2020.. The Parade always occurs on a Saturday. If St. Patrick's Day does not fall on a Saturday, the Parade is held the Saturday before.


The Parade will travel through downtown Chicago .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.:

If you want an interactive Google map, so you can get directions to some point along the parade route, click here!

The Green Chicago River

 A few hours before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 100 pounds of dye is dumped into the Chicago River to turn the water Kelly green. Dyeing the Chicago River - (Time and Location subject to change)
Scheduled for 9:00 am, Saturday, March 14, 2020 the dyeing can be best viewed from the East side of Michigan Avenue, the West side of Columbus Drive, or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

Attending the parade as a spectator

What to bring

If it is a cold day,  bring a warm hat, warm gloves, and warm shoes. For a sunny day, you’ll want to bring sunglasses, suntan lotion, and a hat. The parade goes on rain, shine or snow.

Transportation and Parking

Public Transportation Highly Recommended! We strongly recommend that you come downtown early and if possible take public transportation.
The following are directions to the parade using various public transport methodsg deck on Juniper, the Proscenium parking deck on Crescent and the Promenade II parking deck on 15th will be open for a fee, typically $10 to $20.

More information

If you want more information, such as to participate in the parade or become a sponsor, see the parade's official website here...


Find the  parade's Facebook page here.