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Everything You Need To Know About The Downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade

By David Matthews | March 7, 2017 8:38am | Updated on March 10, 2017 6:51pm
 Michelle Raymond, 18, and Gabbi Heidrich, 17, of Palatine traveled Downtown to enjoy their first St. Patrick's Day Parade in the city in 2014.
Michelle Raymond, 18, and Gabbi Heidrich, 17, of Palatine traveled Downtown to enjoy their first St. Patrick's Day Parade in the city in 2014.
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DOWNTOWN — Here's everything you need to know if you're going to the Downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade. 

The parade will step off at noon Saturday, March 11 at Columbus Drive and Balbo Avenue in Grant Park. The parade goes north on Columbus to Monroe Street and, while you can watch it anywhere, the official viewing stand is near Buckingham Fountain. 

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Grandstand seats are $40 in advance and can be bought on the parade's website. Grandstand tickets cost $50 the day of the parade, space permitting. 

Public transportation is encouraged, but paid parking is available underneath Grant Park and elsewhere Downtown. 

The parade's grand marshal is attorney Martin J. Healy, Jr. The parade queen is Maura Connors of Beverly. ABC7 will broadcast the parade live if you can't make it.