South Side Irish
is the term that refers to the large Irish-American
community on the South Side
South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade
The South Side Irish Parade is one of two annual St. Patrick's Day parades
in Chicago. The South Side Irish Parade originally started in 1979
. There was another south side parade called the Southtown Parade started in the early 1950s. The original Southtown Parade route was on 79th Street from Ashland Avenue to Halsted Avenue in the St. Sabina Parish in Auburn Gresham
. The year after Richard J. Daley
was elected mayor in 1955
, he moved the Southtown Parade downtown and changed the name to the St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Southtown Parade ended in 1960
. In 1979
, families on the 109th block of S. Washtenaw and Talman streets (known forever in parade lore as the "Wee Folks of Washtenaw and Talman") began their own parade, simply marching around the block. The South Side Irish Parade was born. It has grown since then and was moved to its current route, down Western Avenue from 103rd Street to 115th Street through the Beverly
and Morgan Park
neighborhoods, in 1981. The parade, lead by the Chicago Stockyard Kilty Band and held on either the Sunday before or the Sunday of St. Patrick's Day
every year, is considered to be one of the largest St. Patrick's Day community celebrations outside of Dublin
. The 2008
parade was the 30th annual parade, which was held on Sunday, March 9, 2008. Of the two Chicago parades, the other being in downtown, the South Side Irish Parade is the more raucous occasion.
South Side Irish Song
Written by Tom Black and Terry McEldowney
We're the Windy City Irish-where the craic is always best
Where every day is Paddy's Day and everyone's a guest
If you're Irish on the North Side or Irish on the West
Welcome to the South Side come join our Irish Fest!
(Chorus) We're the South Side Irish as our fathers were before
We come from the Windy City and we're Irish to the core
From Bridgeport to Beverly from Midway to South Shore
We're the South Side Irish-Let's sing it out once more!
Our parents came from Mayo, from Cork and Donegal.
We come from Sabina, St. Kilian's and St. Gall
St. Leo, Visitation, Little Flower and the rest.
The South Side parishes are mighty-they're the best!
We live on the South Side-Mayor Daley lived here too
The Greatest Irish Leader that Chicago ever knew
he was always proud of his South Side Irish roots!
So here's to Hizzonor to his memory we'll be true.
We sing the songs our fathers sang when they were growing up
Rebel songs of Erin's Isle in South Side Irish Pubs
and when it comes to baseball-we have two favorite clubs
The Go-Go White Sox... and whoever plays the Cubs!
Notable South Side Irish People
Terry McEldowney Noted singer and balladeer from Beverly who attracted all of the Southside Chicagoans pride and imagination when he wrote the St. Patrick's Day song SOUTHSIDE IRISH. Terry lives today in his beloved Irish neighborhood.with his wife and children. He is the most popular man in his community since he wrote the song in 1984