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St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 11, 2017
Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St.
Start Time: 12 Noon

One of the largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the country, the annual downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade celebrates the patron saint of Ireland Irish heritage.

St. Jude Police Memorial March

May 7, 2017
Museum Campus Dr. (1400 S. to Waldron Dr.)
Start Time: 8am

Thousands of uniformed Chicago Police officers will honor their fellow officers who were killed in the line of duty through the years.

Polish Constitution Day Parade

May 6, 2017
Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St.
Start Time: 11:30am

The Polish Constitution Day Parade is the largest Polish parade outside of Poland, and celebrates the anniversary of the ratification of the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791.

Chicago's Memorial Day Parade

May 27, 2017
State Street from Lake to Van Buren
Start Time: 12 Noon

The Chicago parade is considered one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Since 1870, Memorial Day parades have graced the streets of Chicago.

Lion's Club International Convention Parade

July 1, 2017
State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren
Start Time: 9am

Each year, Lions from as many as 130 countries participate in the annual procession on the second day of the convention, a tradition dating back to the early 1920s.

Disability Pride Parade

July 22, 2017
State St. from Van Buren to Lake, Lake to Dearborn to Daley Plaza
Start Time: 11am

The City of Chicago celebrates the American's with Disability Act (ADA) with the 14th annual Disability Pride Parade.

Columbus Day Parade

October 9, 2017
State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren
Start Time: 1pm

The Columbus Day Parade celebrates Christopher Columbus historic voyage to America and Italian-American culture.

Arts in the Dark: The Halloween parade celebrating Chicago's creative community

October 21, 2017
Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St.
Start Time: 6pm

Arts in the Dark unites the city’s diverse creative community in a magical nighttime parade. Drawing together world-renowned institutions as well as artists in assorted fields, this dramatic display activates Halloween as the “artist’s holiday”.

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival®

November 18, 2017
Michigan Ave. from Oak St. to Wacker
Start Time: 5:30pm

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® officially kicks off the Christmas season in Chicago, with numerous fun family activities and the highlight, the Mickey Mouse parade illuminating over one million lights along Michigan Avenue.

McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade

November 23, 2017
State Street from Congress to Randolph
Start Time: 8am 

Fun is to be had by all at the the biggest holiday parade in Chicago.

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