Monday, March 12, 2012

The Sights & Sounds of the South Side Parade

As hoped for in yesterday's post, the return of the St. Patrick's Day South Side Parade coincided nicely with a return to civility and the original spirit of the event.  Nobody peed, had sex, or vomited on anybody's Little Tykes house.  It was a resounding success and great day for all.

With unseasonably warm weather, a ridiculously sunny day, and a parade dedicated to Cpl. Conner Lowry, it sometimes felt as though God Himself was smiling upon Chicago.  I have never seen so many families in attendance.  In all my 20 years of attending the parade, there has never, ever been such a short line to use the Port-a-Potty.  And the Port-a-Potties  were immaculate (that is, as immaculate Port-a-Potties can be).

For those who did not attend, please enjoy a brief snapshot of the day! 



The Parade

Irish Dancers

Jack & Dan
Dan:  "Is that the Pope?"  Me (unsure): "I don't believe so.  Ask Daddy."

A Friendly Crowd




  1. Wasn't a great day for me having the daughter's car sideswiped on Maplewood.

  2. Maplewood - Oh noooo. The only really bad/scary thing I saw was a kid run right out in front of traffic without looking on Maplewood. Some mom was driving (very slowly, thank God) and slammed on the breaks. Missed him by about 6 inches. I think she's probably still having heart palpitations. The kid kept right on going.

  3. Wow, what a gathering. Who would of thought that a sea of green could look so beautiful?

    Makes me wish I was there. Thanks for the pics.

  4. What fun! I really wish you had a picture of the Immaculate Porta-Potty. That is a miracle in and of itself!
    I do love a parade.

  5. A parade with sunshine...I didn't know that happened! Hooray for the neighborhood staying intact...little tyke houses and all!

  6. Looks like a lot of fun! We don't have those types of parades, mostly Mardi Gras with grown adults knocking kids out of the way to catch beads. Needless to say, we stopped going to those, but I wouldn't mind going to a St. Paddy one!