Everyone’s Irish this weekend — love these celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, March 15-16.
Everyone’s Irish this weekend. Folks will be donning green and droving throughout the Windy City to celebrate this Irish Holiday. Here are some of the goings-on:
Love St. Patrick's Day

Downtown Dyeing the River Green and Parade
–The annual Dyeing the River Green begins Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. The best view of this tradition is at the East side of the Chicago River bridge at Columbus Drive or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive.
—The annual downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at noon at the corner of Balbo and Columbus drive, and proceeds north. There will be crowds, and ’tis recommended to take public transportation to arrive to this celebration. For detailed info, including the parade route and public transportation options, visit the official Downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade website.

More celebration …
—at Navy Pier,
600 East Grand.
The Shannon Rovers Irish pipe and drum stroll throughout the Pier to add a little jig in everyone’s step, Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.  For more information, link to the Calendar of Events at the Navy Pier web site.
—at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 North Knox Avenue.The St. Patrick’s Day Festival is featured March 15 after the Downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 1 p.m.-midnight. This includes live music, dance performances, children’s activities, and Arts Fair featuring Irish gifts. Traditional Irish food is available. The celebration continues on Sunday, and St. Patrick’s Day Monday. Folks 21 and over may enjoy celebration and live music at the Heritage Center “Fifth Province Pub.” For more information, including ticket pricing, visit the Irish American Heritage Center St. Patrick’s Festival Page.

I’ve spent many o’ St. Patrick’s Day in the Windy City, and know that Irish pubs throughout the city will host shindigs. Many will pour green beer, or Guinness with a shamrock shape in the top foam. I’ve walked down Rush Street to pass folks wearing crazy green attire like green and white striped Cat-in-the-Hats, green headbands with bobbing green antennae.

Writer in Residence
This year I’m not in Chicago. I’m in Topeka on a “Jacquée T. Writer in Residence actual and virtual expedition.” From what I understand, folks here also dress in green and animated attire. They have annual St. Patrick’s traditions including a Bed Race and St. Patrick’s Parade. I announce and anticipate this event:  St. Patrick’s in Topeka.

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