Stricter fines to be enforced at South Side Irish Parade

The great day for the Irish comes Sunday in Chicago– and it also comes with a warning from city leaders and parade organizers.

If you get caught drinking on the public way within 800-feet of this or any parade you will be required to pay a hefty fine.

The minimum fine has been increased from $100 to $500.  The maximum doubles from $500 to $1,000. If you can’t pay, you could face up to six months in jail. South Side Irish Parade

The crackdown comes one year after the return of the South Side Irish Parade along Western Avenue.

It had stopped for three years because of public drunkenness and arrests.

Parade Co-Chairman Joe Connelly says new to the parade this year will be a one-mile fun-run beginning at 11:00 a.m., one hour before the parade kicks-off.

It’s called the “Emerald Isle Mile” and is expected to attract more than 300 runners.

The grand marshals of the parade will be first responders made-up of police and firefighters from Chicago and a number of suburbs, leading some 100 floats and an estimated 10,000 marchers.

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