From South Side to North Side, Chicago celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

CHICAGO — St. Patrick’s Day has arrived in Chicago!

The South Side Irish Parade stepped off at noon at Western Avenue and 103rd Street in the Beverly neighborhood. The parade is one of the biggest in the city — drawing thousands of spectators each year.

Generations of families line the streets of Beverly every March to watch Irish dancers and listen to bagpipes.

Also at noon was the Northwest Side Irish Parade. The parade started at Neola Avenue and Northwest Highway.

On Saturday, thousands of people gathered to watch the Chicago River turn green before the parade in Grant Park.

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