This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on March 17th, Sunday. St. Patrick’s Day is the cultural and religious celebration of St. Patrick’s life. People typically wear green on this day, for Roman Catholics it signifies the lifting of the Lenten season, and parades and processions abound. In Chicago, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the largest in the country. The Chicago River is dyed green at this time and people from all around Chicago gather downtown to celebrate the big day. What are some of the festivities that take place on this big day?

First off, it’s important to note that St. Patrick’s Parade always occurs on a Saturday. Seeing as this year, St. Patty’s Day falls on a Sunday, the celebration will be held the day before. It kicks off at noon. At exactly 10:00 a.m., the Chicago River is dyed green. Not only tourists enjoy the festivities on this day. Many come from around the country and even around the world to join in on the fun. If you’re coming in from another state or from an international destination, you would be well-advised to book your accommodations in advance to ensure that you’ve a place to stay when you arrive in Chi-town. If you wish to be involved in the parade itself, this is possible as well. Get in touch with the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.

Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day is surely something that everybody should experience in their lifetime. It’s one thing to read about it, and it’s another thing to experience it altogether. What are you waiting for? Get the family together and start making plans on how you can all have fun together on this special day. You can also bring your friends or fly solo. It doesn’t matter who you go with or if you go on your own as you’re bound to have a blast.

While St. Patrick’s Day is notorious for being a day where excessive levels of alcohol are assumed, drink responsibly. Assign a designated driver and don’t break any laws while you’re having fun!