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Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade 2019: Route, Time TV and Live Stream Info

The St. Patrick’s Day parade is as quintessential an experience in Chicago as watching the Bears or the Bulls. The Irish patron saint is celebrated across the country, but few cities push the boat as far as Chicagoans do.

From pouring gallons of green dye in the Chicago River to the usual procession in Grant Park, the Windy City takes the St. Patrick’s Day parade very seriously.

Here’s everything you need to know to ensure you make the most of the festivities this year.

When is the parade?

The 2019 edition of the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 12 noon ET on Saturday, March 16. St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17, but the parade is always held the Saturday before if it the day does not fall on a Saturday.

Parade route

The parade will start from the intersection of East Balbo Drive and Columbus Drive in downtown’s Grant Park, before proceeding north on Columbus Drive and concluding at Monroe Street.

According to the event’s official website, the main viewing stand will be located in front of the Buckingham Fountain.

Will the Chicago River turn green?

Yes, it will. The dyeing of the river is scheduled for 9 a.m. ET on the day of the parade, although time and locations remain subject to change.

The best spot to catch a glimpse of the fluorescent green water is the east side of the Michigan Avenue bridge. Alternatively, head down to the west side of the Columbus Drive bridge or make your way to the upper or lower end of Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

Is the parade on TV?

Yes, the parade will be broadcast live by ABC-Channel 7. Coverage will also be available on the station’s website.

Weather forecast

Parade-goers can expect a cold but dry day on Saturday, according to forecasters.

“A dry but chilly St. Patrick's Day weekend can be expected for the Chicagoland area," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Edwards said.

"Temperatures will struggle to get above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and with some clouds across the area, patrons should bring an extra layer to stay warm.”

As is tradition, the parade will go ahead regardless of weather conditions.

Best way to get to the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Blue or Red Line are the best options. Get off in the Loop, then walk to Columbus Avenue in Grant Park. Alternatively, the area can be reached on the Orange, Pink, Green and Brown lines.

Get off at Wabash and then walk to Columbus Avenue. 

St. Patrick's Day parade [File photo] Onlookers watch the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Tens of thousands took advantage of record high temperatures and sunny weather to attend the city's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration. Brian Kersey/Getty Images

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