After organizers of South Side Chicago's St. Patrick’s Day parade announced they decided to discontinue the annual bash, most assumed this year's parade was the city’s last.
But hope has been restored, and the South Side Chicago Irish may have a chance to march on.
The mayor of Evergreen Park, a suburb of Chicago, is polling his residents to see if they'd approve of the hugely popular parade relocating to their neighborhood.
The South Side Chicago parade committee cancelled future parades because they claim neighborhood is not big enough for the massive crowd the parade attracts, and acquiring the needed resources for the large crowds is becoming unmanageable.
Chicago’s Police Sgt. Mike Casey confirmed this fact, saying that this year’s parade was hazardously jammed with people, so much so that crowd control was problematic for the large police force that was present. The parade attracts over 300,000 people annually.
Sexton is confident that Evergreen Park can take on the parade, saying, "We haven't made any commitments, but we have a successful July Fourth parade with almost as many people and we've never had a problem. I don't think we've ever had an arrest.
The South Side Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade was launched in 1979 by two South Side families looking to celebrate their neighborhood’s Irish heritage.
If the Evergreen Park acquisition of the parade doesn't work out, the original committee has proposed that alternative “neighborhood-friendly” events will replace the annual parade in the South Side on St. Patrick’s Day.