Chicago Paradises

St. Patrick's Day Parade River Dyeing Ceremony

Families will enjoy watching the Chicago River dyed green before the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 12th.
Dates: Mar 12, 2011
Hours: 10 am
Location: Chicago River
Wacker Dr & Columbus Dr
Chicago, IL 60601
Admission: FREE

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

February 6, 2011
Wentworth from 24th to 22nd
Start Time: 12:30 pm     The Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade celebrating the Lunar New Year, “Year of the RABBIT 4709” will include marching bands, floats, lion teams, a100’ Mystical Dragon, and Miss Friendship Ambassador.

Argyle Street Chinese New Year Parade

February 5, 2011
Argyle to Sheridan, Sheridan to Lawrence to Broadway and back to Argyle
Start Time: 1 pm
    Celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional dragon dances, lion dances, elaborate floats, martial arts teams and a marching band.

Northwest Side Irish Parade

March 13, 2011
Raven from Neola to Northwest Highway to Harlem
Start Time: 11:30 am
    The Northwest Irish Parade is a celebration of faith, family, and heritage on the Northwest side of Chicago.

Cinco De Mayo Parade

May 1, 2011
Cermak from Wood to Kedzie
Start Time: 12 Noon
    The Cinco De Mayo Parade is held to remember the victory the Mexican forces had over the invading French army in the Battle of Puebla on 5 May, 1862.

Jackie Robinson Little League Parade

May 15, 2011
Halsted from 119th to 107th, West on Morgan
Start Time: tba     The Jackie Robinson West Little League will officially open the 2011 season with the 41st annual season opening parade. A tradition in the South Side community, the parade has grown over the years into one of the largest in the city.

Puerto Rican People's Parade

June 18, 2011
Division from Western to Sacramento
Start Time: tba
    Humboldt Park’s Puerto Rican community will celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the People’s Parade along Division Street.

Gay & Lesbian Pride Parade

June 26, 2011
Halsted from Belmont to Broadway/South on Broadway to Diversy
Start Time: 12 Noon
    The 42nd annual Gay & Lesbian Pride Parade is one of the largest gay pride parades in the country.

Bud Billiken Parade

August 13, 2011
Martin Luther King Dr. from 35th to 55th
Start Time: 10 am
    The Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic is the oldest and largest African American parade in the United States. The focus of the parade is getting kids ready for school.

Ecuador Parade
August 14, 2011
Montrose from California to Kimball
Start Time: tba
    The Ecuador Parade will take place in Albany Park and will feature a vibrant train of floats, along with Andean music and dancing from local folkloric troupes, all celebrating Ecuadorian independence.

India Independence Day Parade

August 20, 2011
Devon from Western to California
Start Time: 12 Noon
    The India Independence Day Parade is a lively celebration of Indian independence on Devon Avenue in Rogers Park.

General Von Steuben Day Parade

September 10, 2011
Western from Irving to Lawrence
Start Time: 2 pm
    The General Von Steuben Day Parade celebrates Baron Friedrich von Steuben, who came to this country as a volunteer offering his services to General George Washington. General von Steuben converted the revolutionary army into a disciplined fighting force, instilling in them much needed inspiration, confidence and competence.

Pilsen Mexican Independence Day Parade

September 10, 2011
Newberry & 18th St./West on 18th St. to Wolcott
Start Time: 12 Noon
    Mexican Independence is celebrated in the vibrant Pilsen neighborhood.

26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade

September 11, 2011
26th Street from Albany to Kostner
Start Time: 12 Noon
    One of the most colorful parade in Chicago, the 26th Street Mexican Independence Parade celebrates Mexican Independence with floats, mariachi bands and dancing in the streets.

South Chicago Mexican Independence Day Parade

September 11, 2011
Commercial Ave. from 87th to 100th Street
Start Time: 2 pm
    Vibrant floats, mariachi bands, flamenco dancers and families will line Commercial Avenue in South Chicago to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.

Central American Parade

September 11, 2011
Montrose from California to Kimball
Start Time: 12 Noon
    The Central American Parade celebrates Central America's independence, Central America includes Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Double Ten Parade

October 8, 2011
Wentworth from 24th to 22nd
Start Time: tba
    Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood will celebrate Chinese Independence, the 100th Anniversary of National Day in Republic of China. The parade will feature lion dances, Chinese patriots, marching bands, local school floats, and the 100 ft. mystical dragon.

Chicagoland Toys For Tots Motorcycle Parade

December 4, 2011
Western from 87th Street to Addison
Start Time: 9:30 am
    Chicagoland motorcyclists have joined forces with the United States Marines, to assist their Toys for Tots program. The toys are then given to hospitals, orphanages, schools, and even private homes, wherever the need is the greatest.
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