What other city dyes their main waterway green? Who else celebrates the luck of the Irish for a whole week? Where else can you find several St. Patrick’s Day parades as far as 10 miles apart, and equally as packed with celebrating citizens? None other than Chicago, of course!
Today, an organization known as ShamROCK Chicago will present Aidan Cronin, Consul General of Ireland with a declaration and petition naming Chicago the United States’ headquarters for St. Patrick’s Day. This is the culmination of a few months of hard work by organization heads Blair Ciecko and Jeremy Hogan.
“We’re certainly proud and excited to reach this day,” says Blair. “We all know how much Chicagoans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Irish heritage, and we wanted to let the rest of the country know.”
Despite the title “St. Patrick’s Day HQ of the US”, the initiative isn’t meant for competition, more recognition. ShamROCK Chicago’s Council is made up of neighborhood organizations who pledge their support, including members of Chicago Gaelic Park, Celtic Chicago, Ireland Network Chicago, Irish American News, Shannon Rovers and The Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago. Along with these member organizations, citizens can pledge their support via the ShamROCK Chicago website. You can still pledge your support up until the holiday and beyond.
Also on their website, you can find St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, gear and participating pubs, via their “Craic Finder.”
Join the City of Chicago as we declare our status as the US headquarters for St. Patrick’s Day.
City sponsored events this Saturday:
10:45 AM – Dyeing the Chicago River
Noon – St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Photo credit: ShamROCK Chicago Facebook