Chicago's South Side Irish Parade (Images of America Series)

Overview

Considered to be one of the largest neighborhood-based St. Patrick's Day parades outside Dublin, Chicago's South Side Irish Parade began quite modestly, with 17 children under the age of 10 marching twice around the block. Dubbing themselves the "Wee Ones of Washtenaw and Talman," the founders of this great parade marched with homemade signs, costumes, and a baby buggy while neighbors and family members cheered them on. Over the next 31 years, the parade grew into an annual event, attracting hundreds of thousands...

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Overview

Considered to be one of the largest neighborhood-based St. Patrick's Day parades outside Dublin, Chicago's South Side Irish Parade began quite modestly, with 17 children under the age of 10 marching twice around the block. Dubbing themselves the "Wee Ones of Washtenaw and Talman," the founders of this great parade marched with homemade signs, costumes, and a baby buggy while neighbors and family members cheered them on. Over the next 31 years, the parade grew into an annual event, attracting hundreds of thousands who came to celebrate Irish heritage with family and friends. In 2009, Pres. Barack Obama encouraged Taoiseach Brain Cowen of Ireland to visit the parade, calling it "one of the great events in America."

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738577227
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 933,762
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Bridget Houlihan Kennedy is originally from Chicago's South Side. She began going to the parade with her family and grandmother Alice O'Leary Loftus as a young girl. A graduate of John Carroll University, Kennedy received her master's in journalism-public affairs at Columbia College in Chicago. Now a freelance writer and reporter, Kennedy has written for Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Pioneer Press. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband and family.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Bring Back St. Pat 11

2 Marching Down Western Avenue 25

3 Grand Marshals and Special Honorees 35

4 The Marchin' of the Bands 49

5 Floats, Costumes, and Dancers 57

6 St. Patrick and Leprechauns 75

7 Engagements 79

8 Irish Clans and Parishes 85

9 Politicians in the Back 95

10 End of an Era 107

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