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What You Need to Know About Elmhurst's St. Patrick's Day Parade

The parade will kick off at noon on Saturday, March 8.

Now ranked the second largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the Chicago suburbs, the Elmhurst's 18th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at noon on Saturday, March 8. 

A record crowd is expected this year for the parade, which will begin at the intersection of Wilson Street and Spring Roads and continue north on Spring Road in Elmhurst.
The parade features floats, marching units, and animated characters along with
local organizations, businesses and clubs. State Senator Kirk Dillard will be the Grand Marshal for the 2014 Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 

There will be over 80 floats, marching units and entertainment such as Irish dancers, the Shannon Rovers, local team mascots – Benny the Bull, Southpaw & Tommy Hawk. Other entertainment includes Chicago Highlanders, Medinah Clowns, the Elmhurst Armpit Orchestra, featuring the world’s largest drum, and the York High School Marching Band. 
While the parade is planning for ample parking, security and ways to make for comfortable viewing conditions, those attending the parade should plan to arrive early.

There will be musical bands performing and entertainment set up starting at 11 a.m. at Ahlgrim Funeral Home at Vallette and Spring Road, Prairie Path and Spring Road and McKinley at Spring Road.

"Celebrate Irish tradition with leprechauns, clowns, and jugglers, bagpipe players
and marching bands,"  according to the Elmhurst St. Patrick's Day parade website. "The parade is only the beginning to this festive day – for the food, music and fun is sure to continue as Elmhurst merchants, restaurateurs and friends welcome visitors for this special community celebration." 

WATCH THE 2012 ELMHURST PARADE IN THE VIDEO ABOVE

Source: Elmhurst St. Patrick's Day website
Millicent Chrusciel March 05, 2014 at 12:48 PM
And the snow will be...where?
Wally Jorns March 05, 2014 at 02:46 PM
It's time to either cancel this or move it to another part of town. I live in the neighborhood west of Spring road and i am sick and tired of all the idiots that can't park properly, the MAJOR traffic jams, and all the trash that's left behind by these people.
Faust March 07, 2014 at 03:58 PM
C'mon guy (idontgiveitout), I think everyone enjoys a a little cleverness or humor to these local posts but " a few well placed pressure cooker pots" is a bit crass. Used to Maim and kill people, I imagine a few of these folks are going to find the objectionable.
Kent March 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM
I think that things like the St. Patrick's Day parade in Elmhurst are what makes Elmhurst such a great place to live. I live near the Prairie Path and several weekends a year I have people parking up and down my block for charity runs, etc. but I don't mind. It's nice to see everyone enjoying themselves.

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