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You are enthusiastically invited to join the Chicago Republican Party on Saturday, March 12 for the 67th Annual Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade.
We NOW have specifics from the City's Office of Special Events St. Patrick's Day Parade committee on the parade gathering site and the order of the parade, but know that if you want to see the Chicago River dyed GREEN, be there - West of Columbus to East of Orleans - at 10am (details below).
- WE ARE #68
- The parade steps off at 12:15pm.
- We are gathering at 11:30am on the South side of Balbo, between Michigan Avenue & Columbus ( closer to Columbus).
- We will march (smile, walk & wave) heading north on Columbus Drive, ending past Monroe.
- Read below about accessing parking or drop off points if you're able to participate!
We suggest you dress for the weather which is currently looking like: SUNNY, High of 27, no doubt there may be some wind off Lake Michigan (somewhere it stated that participants should "dress smartly") but also try to have some shade of green on your person (maybe even a little orange), whether it be a hat, scarf, gloves, jacket, pants, shoes.....whatever, but please remember, you ARE representing the Republican Party.
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A statement about campaigning from The Parade Committee:
Dear Political Group Parade Units:
This is a friendly reminder that the Parade Committee has a strict policy on no campaigning during the parade. Please see the policy below for your reference.
The Chicago St. Patrick's Day parade is not a political event for people running for office. It is a family event celebrating St. Patrick's Day and the spirit and history of the Irish. You are certainly welcome to participate, but The Parade Committee has strict guidelines and will not allow you to campaign in any way. You cannot use banners, signs, slogans, clothing or giveaways that have any type of campaigning on them. In addition, a parade float or vehicle cannot be decorated with any type of campaigning. The only thing that is permitted to be displayed for elected politicians is their name and their current title.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee
CHICAGO ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE & RIVER DYEING
SATURDAY MARCH 12, 2022
RIVER DYEING - 10AM - WEST OF COLUMBUS TO EAST OF ORLEANS
PARADE - 12:15 STEP OFF
EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 28, 2022, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH LOCAL POLICIES: MASKS AND PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION WILL NO LONGER BE REQUIRED AT THE PARADE.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE CHICAGO POLICE & PARADE ORGANIZERS PLAN A STEPPED UP SECURITY PROCESS ON PARADE DAY TO ENSURE A SAFE AND FAMILY- FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT.
ENTRY TO THE PARADE ROUTE OPENS AT 10AM AND WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED AT
JACKSON AVE. AND IDA B. WELLS (formerly Congress Blvd.)
SECURITY CHECKPOINTS WILL BE SET UP FOR ENTRY TO THE PARADE ROUTE -
SECURITY WILL BE CHECKING ALL BAGS AND PURSES
COOLERS, ALCOHOL, OPEN BEVERAGES, CAMELBACKS & PERSONAL WATER BOTTLES
WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO OR ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE.
2022 CHICAGO ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
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 NEXT PARADE WILL BE ON, SATURDAY MARCH 12, 2022. THE PARADE WILL STEP OFF AT 12:15PM.
OUR DOWNTOWN CHICAGO PARADE BEGINS AT 12:15 NOON, SATURDAY MARCH 12, 2022. THE PARADE WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE THIS YEAR BY ABC-CHANNEL 7!
THE PARADE STARTS AT BALBO AND COLUMBUS. THE PARADE UNITS WILL PROCEED NORTH ON COLUMBUS DRIVE AND THE REVIEWING STAND WILL BE LOCATED IN FRONT OF BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN.
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 METHODS:
- BLUE OR RED LINES:
-IF YOU ARE ON THE "BLUE" OR "RED" LINE, PLEASE EXIT TRAIN AT ANY OF THE LOOP STOPS AND WALK EAST TO COLUMBUS DRIVE.
- BROWN, GREEN OR ORANGE LINES:
-IF YOU ARE ON THE "BROWN", "GREEN" OR "ORANGE" LINES THEN EXIT AT ANY OF THE STOPS ALONG WABASH AND WALK EAST TO COLUMBUS DRIVE.
-IF YOU ARE COMING IN ON METRA, EXIT UNION STATION AND WALK 7 BLOCKS EAST TO COLUMBUS DRIVE.
-FOR SPECIFIC BUS ROUTE INFORMATION CONTACT THE CTA FOR BEST INSTRUCTIONS TO DOWNTOWN CHICAGO.
THE FOLLOWING ARE DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM VARIOUS AREAS IN CHICAGOLAND:
- FROM NORTH OR NORTHWEST:
ENTER DOWNTOWN CHICAGO VIA I-94, YOU CAN EXIT AND GO EAST AT WASHINGTON, MONROE OR CONGRESS PKWY. LOOK FOR PARKING EITHER AT WELLS OR WABASH.
- FROM WEST:
TAKE 290 EAST ONTO CONGRESS PKWY. LOOK FOR PARKING BEFORE YOU GET TO MICHIGAN AVE, THERE WILL BE PLENTY ON YOUR RIGHT.
- FROM SOUTH OR SOUTHWEST:
TAKE 94 INTO THE LOOP, EXIT AT CONGRESS PKWY, MONROE OR WASHINGTON. LOOK FOR PARKING AT WELLS OR WABASH.
IF YOU NEED MORE SPECIFIC DRIVING DIRECTIONS TRY THE GOOGLE MAP LINK BELOW. SIMPLY ENTER YOUR ADDRESS INTO THE 'STARTING ADDRESS' SECTION ON THE LEFT OF THE GOOGLE MAP PAGE. THE CENTER OF THE PARADE ROUTE (400 S. COLUMBUS DRIVE, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS) WILL BE ENTERED FOR YOU.
GOOGLE DIRECTIONS TO PARADE
FOR HANDICAPPED PARKING NEEDS, YOUR BEST BET MAY BE THE UNDERGROUND PARKING BELOW GRANT PARK, ENTER ON COLUMBUS AT RANDOLPH. THERE IS PARKING AT THE HILTON LOCATED AT BALBO AND MICHIGAN, ONE BLOCK FROM START OF PARADE.
ADDITIONAL PARKING CAN BE FOUND ALONG WELLS BETWEEN LAKE AND VAN BUREN. PARKING CAN ALSO BE FOUND ALONG WABASH BETWEEN LAKE AND CONGRESS. (THIS IS CLOSEST TO THE ACTUAL PARADE ROUTE.)
THERE IS ADDITIONAL PARKING AT NAVY PIER WHICH PLACES YOU ABOUT A HALF MILE FROM THE PARADE ROUTE.
PARKING NEAR RANDOLPH PLACES YOU NICELY BETWEEN THE RIVER DYEING AND THE PARADE ROUTE.
PARKING FEES CAN RANGE FROM $20.00 TO $60.00 DEPENDING ON THE LOT. WE DO NOT HAVE SPECIFIC PRICING INFORMATION. THESE PRICES ARE ESTIMATES ONLY. YOUR COSTS MAY VARY
WHERE CAN I VIEW THE PARADE?
~THE PARADE ROUTE BEGINS ON THE CORNER OF COLUMBUS DRIVE AND BALBO THEN CONTINUES NORTH TO MONROE.
~GRANDSTAND SEATING CAN BE SPONSORED IN ADVANCE ON EVENTBRITE ($60.00 PER SEAT),
~GRANDSTAND SEATING IS OPEN AT 11:15AM, LOCATED AT APPROX. IDA B. WELLS AND COLUMBUS (EAST SIDE).
WHAT IF IT RAINS OR SNOWS?
PARADE CANCELLATION? NEVER!
SNOW, RAIN OR ARCTIC COLD, THE PARADE GOES ON.