Chicago celebrates St. Patrick’s Day 2011

March 12, 2011

Text and photos by Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — In a day full of pageantry and traditions, Chicago’s influential Irish-American community honored on Saturday, March 12, its heritage and Catholic roots with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown.

Mayor Richard M. Daley, who is retiring in May after 22 years in office, led the festivities alongside his wife, Maggie, who was seen greeting the crowd from a convertible car in the traditional Irish color. Walking with them was U.S. Senator and Majority Whip Richard Durbin.

A sea of green dominated Chicago’s Columbus Drive, with parade participants and spectators, young and old, decked in various costumes, from funky to fashionable and bizarre. They greeted the mayor and first lady with cheers thanking them for their service to the city, and Daley acknowledged by raising a traditional Irish cane called shillelagh.

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