Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Garfield Ridge Goes Green

Archer Avenue is 'Irish for a day'

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

Garfield Ridge has once again gone green--if only for a day--as Archer Avenue was the scene of a merry, festive St. Patrick's Day parade.

The Clear-Ridge Men’s Social Athletic Club (SAC) and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150's parade stepped off at noon Saturday, March 12 at Archer and Oak Park, marched east on Archer to Narragansett and then south to the Kennedy High School parking lot. All under sunny skies, although unseasonably cold temperatures (21 degrees, more than 20 degrees colder than average).

Thanks to the men of the S.A.C., as well as the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 and everyone else who helped make the parade a fun, family-focused event.

Proceeds of the parade will benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation's Get Behind the Vest Program, which purchases protective vests for Chicago Police officers.

The honorary grand marshal of the parade is the late CPD Officer Ella French, who died a hero's death during a traffic stop near 63rd and Bell in August 2021.

Guests of honor included Officer French's partner, Officer Carlos Yanez Jr., who was shot in the head during the same attack and who is fighting his way back through grueling, months-long rehab work--supported by his family, friends, co-workers and the hopes and prayers of thousands of Chicagoans and others.

Kelly White of the Southwest Chicago Post shot a number of photos of the parade staging area (near Byrne School) as well as the parade itself. Here are the best of the shots she took (along with a few shots by our friends), in no particular order. Enjoy!

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