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St. Patrick's Day Scheduling

By Margaret Lyons in News on Feb 22, 2008 7:39PM

2008_2_22.shamrock.jpgThe South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day parade will be held a week earlier than usual this year. Typically, the parade is held the Sunday before March 17, but this year, that's Palm Sunday, a major day on the Catholic calendar. So parade organizers moved the festivities up to March 9 to avoid any conflicts. We're not sure how much local St. Patrick's revelry will actually be affected by the Catholic calendar, since the ways we usually see people celebrate are definitely not Church-sanctioned.

The downtown parade is still on for the Saturday, March 15, with the traditional river-dyeing happening the same day.

Oh, and we hear the Shamrock Shake is back at McDonald's.