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Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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  • Columbus Dr and Balbo Ave, Grant Park
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st. patrick's day parade 2018
Photograph: Grace DuVal

Time Out says

After the Chicago River is dyed a murky shade of green, the city's big St. Patrick's Day celebration moves to Grant Park for a parade on Columbus Drive. You'll see bagpipes, drum corps, Irish dancers and politicians at this festive procession (celebrating its 69th year), which is among the largest events of its kind in the country. The parade will start at Balbo Drive and Columbus Drive and proceed north, with a viewing stand situated in front of Buckingham Fountain.

When is the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade?

The parade steps off at 12:15pm on Saturday, March 16.

Where is the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade?

The procession starts at Balbo Drive and heads north on Columbus Drive to Monroe Drive.

How much are tickets to Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade?

The event is free to attend, but tickets are available for access to grandstand seating near Buckingham Fountain. The cost is $65 per person and tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite


Columbus Dr and Balbo Ave
Columbus Dr and Balbo Ave
El stop: Red to Harrison.
Free, $65 VIP seating

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