Friday, March 16, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Parade Will Step Off This Saturday in Garfield Ridge

A city neighborhood not known for Irish identity will host an
Irish-themed parade for the fourth year in a row.

Sponsored by the Clear-Ridge Social Athletic Club, the parade is scheduled to step off at noon Saturday, March 17 at Byrne Elementary School, 54th and Oak Park, march south to Archer and then east to Wentworth Park.

Those marching or riding in the parade are asked to arrive at Byrne at 11 a.m.

"This is not a big parade, but it's a good parade focused on families, on what makes Garfield Ridge such a great place to live," said SAC member Al Cacciottolo, who announced the event at a recent meeting of the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce. "It's truly a parade for the people."

While Garfield Ridge has never been thought of as an Irish bastion like the Mount Greenwood neighborhood, it has its sons and daughters of Erin.

The parade is small but spirited. It should take only about 10 minutes to pass by any given point on the parade route.

The weather forecast for Saturday calls for unseasonably cool temperatures--about 39 degrees, cloudy and dry when the parade steps off at noon. So please dress warm! If you see a Southwest Chicago Post photographer or videographer along the route, please smile and wave!

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