Friday, March 27, 2009

Why the Parade was Canceled

We have been forwarded an e-mail from a few different people. The e-mail seems to be from a the Chair of the Southside Irish Parade Committee and was sent out to members prior to the press release of Wednesday. Here's the primary reason the parade was canceled:
  • Many will say this was a long time coming. The behavior of those who come to this neighborhood on parade day just to get drunk and cause trouble has gotten worse and worse over the past decade, and it's finally become too much for the neighborhood to endure. The tipping point, in case your curious, was the fact that 11 police officers were assaulted during the 2009 parade. This total disregard for law enforcement crossed a new line, and we were afraid the next step would be someone getting seriously injured or even killed. So given that mindset, we obviously could not go forward.

    Not sure how you all feel about the parade at this point - I'm sure some of you will be glad to see it go while others will be disappointed. Though I did not hesitate to vote with those committee members who wanted to end it, I think it is an incredible shame. This was an event which helped defined the community in which I've chosen to live. It was a tradition that spanned my entire life and one I'd hoped to share with my daughter. And because of irresponsible people, most of whom don't even live in this community, it has been destroyed.
So for this reason, we salute the chair and the committee for recognizing that this event had ceased to be about Irish heritage and family and culture. Here letter concludes with the following:
  • The committee will work hard to make sure that the end of the parade does not mean the end of Irish celebrations in Beverly. We plan to continue with the annual Mass and hopefully create a new tradition - some kind of cultural event, perhaps at the Beverly Art Center, involving Irish music, dance, food, etc. All of that is of course very vague right now, but I hope you all will choose to support it.
We here at SCC wish them a brilliant beginning to a new tradition. Thanks for looking out for the Chicago Police Department and acknowledging what so many other parade organizations aren't willing or mature enough to accept.

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83 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The parade is done!!

Thank You

3/27/2009 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very classy and very sad at the same time. The St Patrick's Day Parade belongs on State Street on March 17th.

3/27/2009 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What 11 members were assaulted? Nothing reported in the mainstream news. Info please...

3/27/2009 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...yet Bud Bilikin goes on.

3/27/2009 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you mean the IRISH can't behave like decent humans on a SUNDAY! Credit must go out to the partiers at BUD Biliken, Polish, Mexican, Italian parades ETC. That's a shame.

3/27/2009 12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the SSIP is canceled then the PR fest which is about a dozen rival gangs come and fight and shoot at each other should be canceled also.

3/27/2009 01:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fully agree.

One small point there are not eleven police officers on TRR's as is required by department rules.

Coincidentally there are not eleven people under arrest for battery or assault to P.O.

Stunningly there are not reports listing eleven P.O.'s as victims of any threat or battery.

The parade has had its share of drunken nonsense over the years but the response of arresting a 48 year old woman for DOPW is lunacy.

Try giving the first IR# for DOPW and we'll see what the response is.

Officers stay safe wherever you are working!

3/27/2009 01:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great! Maybe I'll come home for St Pat's next year and celebrate in the old neighborhood with a civilized crowd. Irish retiree that lived in Beverly since the 50's, then fled due to that damn parade and the new bar business it left behind.

3/27/2009 01:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago, run/managed by an idiot, could not afford 2 prades/celebrations, celebrating idiots/mythical characters.

Daley has to keep the Reverends happy, OOOOOPS !

Say TaTa to St. Patrick.

Richie wants to champion the memory of a Chicago Public Housing resident who occupied 10 housing units at the same time. This was his reward for voting early & often, the Daley Way !!!!!

3/27/2009 01:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haiku :

Daley, you suck !!!!!!!

But not very well !

A janitor job is your future !!!

Daley, You suck !!!!

3/27/2009 01:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is the publicity not only about the police officers assualted at the parade or the parade route but what hasn't been publicly aired is what happened on the METRA trains. People on the 2nd tier kicking folks in the head walking by on the lower level. Big fights at the MOKENA station. The phony rape call by the girl in Tinley Park, lets hear from the LE in the outlaying towns. This isnt just about Beverly & Mt Greenwood.

3/27/2009 03:05:00 AM  
Anonymous TRUE said...

the real story of the termination of the parade is as follows,two teenage girls from Mother McCauley were stripped partially and gang raped in the rear of Cork and Kerry bar on Western. the families are suposidly mounting a huge suit against the city over issuing the permit for this parade etc, so there you have it,

3/27/2009 03:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11 times ? I had been told someone recieved the wood shampoo, now i understand why ! Fighting the police is not acceptable, it should be canceled if that is how they are going to act. If you cant behave with that belly full of booze, stay home and off the streets. I do all my drinking at home these days.

3/27/2009 03:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too f$%in funny:

http://www.southtownstar.com/news/1498367,032709paradecrime.article

A fair article in a newspaper, wonder if we will ever see that again? Babies mama....that says it all right there. Good job MK

3/27/2009 05:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The intelligence and courage shown by the parade committee is remarkably refreshing in these days of greed, selfishness and lack of personal accountability. I'm sure they will draw the ire of some knuckle headed local yokels, but I for one say good riddance to a spectacle that no longer had anything to do with Irish heritage or family values. From my vantage point it became nothing more than a drunkfest, and an alarmingly underage one at that. To be sure the money grubbing bar owners will cry foul, but don't for a minute think they care about anything besides their profits. This is one of Chicago's greatest neighborhoods, of which there are but a few left standing. It hardly needs this pretentious granfalloon to validate itself. For the record I am Irish and live near the parade route. While my small children love to watch the parade, my wife and I decided after this years debacle to leave town on future parade weekends. Now I will gladly support any Irish heritage festival this brave and levelheaded committee puts together. Thank you parade committee, and thank you to all Chicago police officers for everything you do.

3/27/2009 06:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Puerto Rican Fest should be next...they should get one day like all the rest! That neighborhood isn't even PR anymore so get over it.

3/27/2009 07:24:00 AM  
Anonymous An Old Sergeant said...

If you look at the "representative" postings in today's ST, two people came out in favor of keeping the parade--one from Palos and one from Alsip. Figures.

3/27/2009 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Retired '89 said...

And this from the parade website:

We would also like to thank the Chicago Police Department for the effort they put into managing the ever-growing crowd while working to maintain the dignity of the event.

3/27/2009 08:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

j o'fed is pissed, he was to be next years grand marshall.

3/27/2009 08:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the committee, but as I walked along 103rd Street and people walked by me with collers on wheels openly drinking I couldn't help but wonder why the law wasn't enforced. I know that there are thousands of offenders and only so many police, but arrest 500 for publicly drinking and maybe that would deter drinkers in the future. Do people openly drink on the street at the downtown parade? I doubt it. And if this is another case of de-policing, it sucks.

3/27/2009 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its is about $$$$$$ City cant afford the Police Why not cut Bud Biliken??? DAley Wont he Needs Da VOTS I mean VOTES

3/27/2009 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Ald. Doherty at the Southside Irish Parade this year? Is that why he was so drunk he fell down his stairs? I wish I could claim I was dizzy and that's why I fought and injured a paramedic. Where is the investigation into this ? I would love to hear the CFD paramedic's version. Or will he be "taken care of" down the road?

3/27/2009 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TRUE said...
the real story of the termination of the parade is as follows,two teenage girls from Mother McCauley were stripped partially and gang raped in the rear of Cork and Kerry bar on Western. the families are suposidly mounting a huge suit against the city over issuing the permit for this parade etc, so there you have it,

3/27/2009 03:18:00 AM

WOW is this true? I was there and did not hear about this. Did it get reported later?

3/27/2009 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:07 am--that 48 year old female was told numerous times to place her drink down by the police--She finally dumped it out and then blatantly pulled another can of beer out from her bag, opened it in front of a Sgt., and took a swig--So, perhaps you should know the entire story before making comments!

3/27/2009 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What 11 members were assaulted? Nothing reported in the mainstream news. Info please...

It was kept low key if the media knew about it as the do now the parade and Irish would have looked bad. After all they do not won't to admit that Irish here attacked the police like the IRA does.

3/27/2009 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I observed at the SSIP does not even come close to what goes on at the Columbus Day parade/celebrations.

The paesans like to keep a low profile.

3/27/2009 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Lt. Richie Scotchbreath?

3/27/2009 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beating and hating the police is a America thing now. Its like the meida accepts it and asks for it. Example. The story that the Slum-times has had for two days now NFL player gets held by cops cant see dying familymemeber. This happens everyday in America. Its the law we dont accept excuses after you broke the law on camera. The camera took away that .

3/27/2009 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TRUE said...
the real story of the termination of the parade is as follows,two teenage girls from Mother McCauley were stripped partially and gang raped in the rear of Cork and Kerry bar on Western. the families are suposidly mounting a huge suit against the city over issuing the permit for this parade etc, so there you have it,

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Your full of shit. That would have been reported or discussed in theneighborhood

3/27/2009 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Ben Dover said...

Anonymous said...
you mean the IRISH can't behave like decent humans on a SUNDAY! Credit must go out to the partiers at BUD Biliken, Polish, Mexican, Italian parades ETC. That's a shame.

3/27/2009 12:23:00 AM



I am SO sick of hearing this crap and the stuff along the lines of this. What, is everyone who is white, Irish in your book?

Must be, because you're saying the Irish can't behave like all those decent Puerto ricans at their festival/parade, all those decent Mexicans at their festival/parade, and of course, all those decent blacks at their festival/parade.

So let me ask you this, how many "Kiss me I'm Puerto Rican/Hispanic/Black" shirts have you seen? How many shirts have you seen that said "Today I'm Puertoo Rican/Hispanic/Black? I BET NONE!

You see, long before I was born almost 40 years ago, everyone claimed that they "were a wee bit irish" when it came to Saint Patrick's Day celebrations and then to the SSI Parade. THAT IS A FACT.

Now that you know what the FACT is, then try to use logic to figure this one out. Of the approximaetly 50-60 arrests at this years SSI Parade, only 15 were from the 60655/60643 zip codes, that is Mount Greenwood and Beverly.

How many were the "I'm half-Irish" kids from outside of the area? Almost 75% of those locked up were from outside, and of that, I am willing to bet more than 50% of that were not really Irish. Are you willing to bet on that?

So, take your "The Irish cannot act" and shove it up were the sun will not shine. I'm irish, I am well past having my first beer in public and trying to act kool about it, and I am happy the SSI Parade is done. I am ashamed of what it had become from outsiders like you, non-Irish, "look mom I'm drinking on the street types" who can not act right in public.

And just so you know, I was a marcher in the first parade way back in 1979, before it became big and BEFORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU came and help ruined it.

But if it keeps a CPD Officer safe and away from punks, drunks, and asswipes like yourself, than again, I am all for it being shut down.

Do you think the Puerto Ricans, Hispanics, or blacks will look at themselves like the Irish did?

Bet not

3/27/2009 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous GHOST OF 1121 said...

TRUE said...
the real story of the termination of the parade is as follows,two teenage girls from Mother McCauley were stripped partially and gang raped in the rear of Cork and Kerry bar on Western. the families are suposidly mounting a huge suit against the city over issuing the permit for this parade etc, so there you have it,
3/27/2009 03:18:00 AM

0318 hours huh?
Maybe throttle back a little on the single malt Skip

3/27/2009 09:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

South side parade lives!! Evergreen Park will have it on 95th from Western too Pulaski.

3/27/2009 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous nick barraco said...

Evergreen Park mayor James Sexton wants the parade. He says they will have a cop on each corner and they will arrest any lawbreaker. So when the one cop makes an arrest and leaves the corner, who will fill in and arrest the other idiots? Mr. Sexton, be careful what you wish for. This parade has NOTHING to do with irish heritage anymore. It's an excuse for a bunch of people from orland/palos/mokena to come into town and puke by 10am. But on the other hand, pizza is a good drunk food, i'll be making a fortune!

3/27/2009 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the real story of the termination of the parade is as follows,two teenage girls from Mother McCauley were stripped partially and gang raped in the rear of Cork and Kerry bar on Western. the families are suposidly mounting a huge suit against the city over issuing the permit for this parade etc, so there you have it,
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Amazing, you're the only one who has heard of this horseshit story.

3/27/2009 09:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The shame is almost all of the arrestees are from outside the neighborhood. Palos, Orland, etc.
They think it's their day to come in and act like idiots.

3/27/2009 09:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey you southside Irish drunks/crybabies. Do you realize how stupid you sound when you compare your parade(reason to get piss drunk and act like a jagoff) to Bud Billiken, PR Fest, et. al.?

You sound like the shitheads you like to make fun of.

"I GOT a job." " I take CARE of my kids."

Tell you what. To the Irish that bemoan the demise of the parade, let's have a celebration on your block and alley. I'll bring 500 or so of the biggest drunk jagoffs that I know. Waddya say?

Can you hear the crickets?

3/27/2009 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a parade? More like a New Orleans Marti gra. Drunks pissing and barfing everywhere? Good riddance.

3/27/2009 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Retired '89 said...
And this from the parade website:

We would also like to thank the Chicago Police Department for the effort they put into managing the ever-growing crowd while working to maintain the dignity of the event.

3/27/2009 08:05:00 AM

This event has not had any dignity for the past 10 years or so. It morphed into a drunkfest for all ages that put a tremendous strain on public safety for the entire city. How many calls were there for emergency medical service in the area? I have never seen that number published anywhere and probably never will.

3/27/2009 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sad...thanx alot to all you suburban idiots who cant handle your liquor...these same morons drink at boubon street every weekend...bunch of amatures that have no clue what this neighborhood is all about...all they know about is beer, buritos and half night mondays at the Sox games...they all go to moron(moraine)valley community college...fucking idiots!!

3/27/2009 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and 75-80% of paradegoers ARE NOT IRISH. It has become a south side type of mardi gras and people came from everywhere for it. There were 68 arrests, check the names and tell me how many are Irish. And the young punks nowadays have no regard for anyone, its the liberal world we live in. That is why officers get assaulted here and everywhere else

3/27/2009 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Midlothian teen accused of punching two Chicago cops during the South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade says "don't blame me" for killing the parade.

Police say that at 3 p.m. March 15 Vasquez punched an officer in the back and a sergeant in the back of the head when they arrested the mother of his child Krystal Bartak for spitting at a cop near the 111th Street Metra station.

"I was just trying to protect my baby's mama. I didn't assault anyone," Vasquez said. ""If they have something next year, I'll definitely go." (southtownstarnews.com)

3/27/2009 10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an Irish copper, I'm sad to see the parade go. I've been several times and did of course witness some drunken foolishness, but nothing out of control. However I haven't been in the last few years and have heard the stories. The people that are ruining it for everyone couldn't care less about the "Irish" aspect of the celebration. They just want to get wasted and be out in the streets. So I suppose there was no better alternative than to stop the madness before it turns into a tragedy. If they do organize a new event, I hope it's one that we can all be proud of. Although it does leave me wondering why Bud Biliken is still up and running every year.....hmmmmm?

3/27/2009 11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not just have a parade to celebrate drunken rowdiness?

Maybe even come up with a fictional mascot . . . Paddy O'Billiken?

3/27/2009 11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary Beth's Dad was a cop

3/27/2009 11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they had started using the no open alcohol ban on the south side like they did years ago at the downtown parade there would not be this huge problem. I guess nobody remembers being detailed to downtown when drinking was first allowed. Then the businesses started to complain and alcohol was confiscated downtown. End of problem.

3/27/2009 11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bud Billikin not cancelled...

Hmm wonder why

probably because theres NO violence and No Illegal drinking or pot smoking in front of kids.

3/27/2009 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey we still have Bud Bilikin!!!! OOOOO....K

3/27/2009 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cancel the P.R. parade that is the one that needs to be cancelled but that will never happen just look at all the promotions over the past 6 months..
thanks
m/2 or f/2 have nothing going for them

3/27/2009 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Evergreen park wants to host the parade, down 95th street next year, just got an email from EP Mayor,asking what residents think! Something daley the ass does not do! Olympics I pray they chose anywhere but shitcago!

3/27/2009 12:34:00 PM  
Blogger mary said...

My neighbors started this parade when I was two. The parade itself has always been about celebrating the neighborhood and our local institutions. Yes, it inconvenienced people trying to get across western for a day. The out of hand drunkenness and the violence is inexcusable. I am sad that it has ruined a local tradition that used to be fun for people of all ages.

no matter what alternative activities they come up with - it will never be the same.

3/27/2009 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The correct URL for "Too f$%in funny:"'s story is:

http://www.southtownstar.com/news/1498367,032709paradecrime.article

3/27/2009 01:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the real story of the termination of the parade is as follows,two teenage girls from Mother McCauley were stripped partially and gang raped in the rear of Cork and Kerry bar on Western. the families are suposidly mounting a huge suit against the city over issuing the permit for this parade etc, so there you have it,
3/27/2009 03:18:00 AM
this why the city of chicago is in shambles...how is the city responsible? the city will have to pay to defend this action.
If the story is true i certainly sympathise with the family and hope the girls are ok, BUT what were they doing in the bar, why did the bar let them in? a lot of blame all around, from the bar to the family, to the girls, and especially the assholes who did this, but no blame on the city in this one.

3/27/2009 02:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true that the Irish are going to celebrate either way on
April 2nd? It is a free country.

3/27/2009 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's unfortunate, but the parade has been out of hand for at least 15 years and this years fine weather just put it over the top.

I live in 23 not far from that minor league ball park the Cubs play at and the bars around here get busloads of people and take them south to the parade. I wonder if any excessive drinking goes on?

Now from media reports most of those arrested seem to have been from the SW suburbs such as Canaryville South(Alsip) and Tinley.

I've never worked the Humboldt Parade, but the SSI parade is worse than the Shenanigans at the Billiken soiree.

When Metra has to have their police force ON the trains something is seriously freaking wrong.

Big events, underage drinking, and good weather do not make for safe events.

Once again the barbarians have ruined a good event.

3/27/2009 02:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good riddence, nothin but another amateur hour for drunken punk city and suburban wanna-bees, who think being Irish or Celtic is all about that you are somehow cool when liquored up on beer, and acting like a fool, a trait that decent, hard working religious Irish have been trying to live down for centuries. Enough of this. Also, enough of assigning our CPD Police officers to the week-long nonsense of Puerto Rican Day /[week] in Humbolt Park, to baby-sit gang bangers. Taking the manpower from MY neighborhood endangers my family and loved ones, and neighbors. DALEY, get your head out of your ASS, if that's possible, and use this as an opportunity to knock off the CPD baby-sitting of Parades and neighborhood fests. The Taste is understandable, it's a City-Wide Event, but stripping Police/Fire/Paramedic manpower for a bunch of drunken party boys and girls is BULLSHIT.

A True CELT-Scotsman

3/27/2009 03:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It happened to Hegewischfest several years ago too. It was a great fun weekend when it began in the 80's. Fun to walk down the street and meet people you haven't seen in ages. Good food and music. Then the kids and drunks took it over and it was gone. Too bad.

3/27/2009 03:48:00 PM  
Blogger sharky said...

TRUE said...
the real story of the termination of the parade is as follows,two teenage girls from Mother McCauley were stripped partially and gang raped in the rear of Cork and Kerry bar on Western. the families are suposidly mounting a huge suit against the city over issuing the permit for this parade etc, so there you have it,

3/27/2009 03:18:00 AM

***************

Sorry folks, I call bulls*&t on this one.

Show me the RD number issued for any kind of sex related crime. You can put an RD Number out there, just don't reveal the name of a victim of sexual assault.

Go on the Data Warehouse and check for yourself, if you don't believe me. Myself, I went through all of the case reports for all of the sex crimes in 022 for this entire month. This is an urban legend.

Be happy that the parade is over, but don't start something where you don't need to. Very poor judgement to raise such an allegation.

3/27/2009 03:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the commity but at the same time it is a shame. This is something I hoped to share with my kids as they grew older but they're right. This year I chose to skip the parade because of the drunken sillyness of last year. It wasn't something I wished my kids to see. Unfortunately the rowdy crowd that did attend the parade from other parts of the city lingered on for hours. When I went for a walk with my kids in the evening, they were still all over the place. Some puking on the sidewalk, others passed out and their friends trying to wake them. I had to lie to my kids when they asked me what was wrong with that person passed out at the metra station, "It's ok kids, they"re just tired and are only taking a nap." They made the right decision for the neighborhood and the police,Thank you. I only wish other parades looked at the irresponsible behavior of the people that went to their parades(bud billikin) and reorganized it or canceled it.

3/27/2009 04:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

check arrests for 022 on the 14th.10-1 at the metra station. 2 pos charged batt to police and 2 girls charged with obstruction.

3/27/2009 04:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering...how many children got "LOST" at the St. Paddy's parade??? You know the ones that were lost for 10-12 hrs, amazing even little babies in strollers got lost!!! How does that happen??
58 arrest w/over three hundred thousand people...bud billiken... you can have 58 arrest for every 300 feet...but then again were not allowed...just let them be!!!!

3/27/2009 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the Puerto Rican fest or the Bud Billiken have chairpersons that can make a similiar decision? I know there's never been mass shooting and burning of cars on the southside like you get at Humbolt Park just about every year.

3/27/2009 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And because of irresponsible people, most of whom don't even live in this community, it has been destroyed."
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And I would bet that most aren't even Irish.

I can trace my roots back to Ireland 5 generations, but decided several years ago to adopt a different nationality on St. Patrick's Day.

This year I was Belgian. And that Leffe on tap at the local bar was fantastic.

3/27/2009 05:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who ever comment about the P.R parade, I could not be more agreeing with you; nothing but a week waste of tax payer’s dollars. Have you ever seen them IDIOTS riding in the hood, roof or trunk of their cars and what about the HOOD RATS, with half of their ASS hanging out the car windows, all acting like animals. I have asked, what’s the purpose of the celebration? Half of them could not answer. Let’s don’t forget all the BUMS hanging outside the liquor store in the vicinity begging for money, and what about all the pieces of shit GANG BANGERS including the “reformed” but still active members ” CEASE FIRE”. Last year after Alderman Ocasio granted a permit to use the empty lot, across from his office, bashing it with GHETTO MUSIC, ALCOHOL and DRUGS by the mid afternoon the same SCUMBAGS were launching beer bottles to the upcoming traffic and flashing gang sign to everyone who walked by!...We should hold these P.R’s LIBERAL ELECTED OFFICIALS and the PARADE organizers responsible for their irrational parade madness!

3/27/2009 07:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real tragedy is that these people dedicated many hours in an attempt to ensure that this parade be what is was intended to be when first initiated, a celebration of faith, family, and heritage. As in many other instances all good things must come to an end. It is real shame that many people, and I am using the word lightly, could not respect this parade and allow a wonderful tradition to continue. I have observed first hand the past few years how the demeanor and makeup of the crowd has changed. My family has attended this parade as a family unit for 28 years with some of us present at the first parade. As much as this is a loss for my family and even for the community I can only thank the parade committee for doing the right thing. I am sure it was not an easy decision and have spoken with friends on the committee since the decision was made. The best way to describe it is a death. My respect, admiration and THANKS go to all involved whether currently or in the past, please be assured that your hard work and commitment was truly appreciated. God Bless All of You!

3/27/2009 07:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a police problem.

This issue is not just with the SS parade. The southsiders are just the first people to see that this department cannot enforce the law, so they took action on their own by canceling the parade.

This police department no longer works. The deparment has abandoned its officers, so the officers do the very bare minimum and it shows. The department has refused to stand up to the personal injury lawyers, so even the simplest police action is a massive undertaking requiring hours of paperwork. This department has continuously promoted the most incompetant, the most ignorant, the most useless fools to the highest department positions. After doing this for the past 20 years, the department created a monster where the fools in control promote more fools to take control when they leave.

People are taking advantage of this breakdown and the only option left for law abiding citizens is to stop giving them an opportunity to exploit the breakdown of police protection in this city.

This is only the beginning of many future problems for this city.

3/27/2009 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As part of thhe festivities I would suggest a rugby event between an authentic Ireland side and a Chicago club. You can have alcohol, etc. It would be a good event and many irish teams would love to participate here.

3/27/2009 09:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think if they do have something around here for the St. Patrick's Day it should be in the beverly aera not at Bourbon St

3/27/2009 10:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The wood shampoo? Never heard that one before. I love it!!

3/27/2009 10:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the SSIP is canceled then the PR fest which is about a dozen rival gangs come and fight and shoot at each other should be canceled also.
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OH MY GOD...Hey timmy O'cockbreath,
when the fuck has that happened last? Maybe away from the park but it happens when your Dumbass has been let go by your Sgt. and your running scared as hell going south.
At least in Humboldt park there is no bullshit going on because the police are everywhere AND maybe the families there really respect the police not like those inbred little bastards who are quick to say "My dad is a Cop" Good Bye S.S.I.P (South Side Ignorant Parade)

3/27/2009 11:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering...how many children got "LOST" at the St. Paddy's parade???

None because they were drunk just like the rest of the family and they were never missed.

3/27/2009 11:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the SSIP is canceled then the PR fest which is about a dozen rival gangs come and fight and shoot at each other should be canceled also.
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OH MY GOD...Hey timmy O'cockbreath,
when the fuck has that happened last? Maybe away from the park but it happens when your Dumbass has been let go by your Sgt. and your running scared as hell going south.
At least in Humboldt park there is no bullshit going on because the police are everywhere AND maybe the families there really respect the police not like those inbred little bastards who are quick to say "My dad is a Cop" Good Bye S.S.I.P (South Side Ignorant Parade)

3/27/2009 11:29:00 PM

What PR fest were you working? Maybe you should come outside of the field house instead of hiding in there. Stabbings, gang fights shootings is PR family fun. Yeah they respect the police by throwing gang signs along with bottles at police.

3/28/2009 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will never cancel the Bud Biliken Gangbanger Fest.

3/28/2009 03:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"3/27/2009 11:29:00 PM"


Do you even know where Humboldt Park is?

3/28/2009 04:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"When I went for a walk with my kids in the evening, they were still all over the place. Some puking on the sidewalk, others passed out and their friends trying to wake them. I had to lie to my kids when they asked me what was wrong with that person passed out at the metra station, 'It's ok kids, they"re just tired and are only taking a nap.'

3/27/2009 04:07:00 PM"


A word of unsolicited advice, don't lie to your kids, it'll come back to bite you in the ass later.

And your kids, no matter how young they are, are always more aware than you think they are.

An example of what I would have said:

'They're passed out, because they drank too many alcoholic beverages in too short a period of time.'

If your kids ask you why anyone would do that, your response could be:

'Well, when someone drinks too many alcoholic beverages, in too short a period of time, at first they feel happier, but, after a little while, they feel sick enough to vomit and pass out. That's why mommy and daddy don't drink or, as the case maybe, don't drink too many alcoholic beverages in too short a period of time. Because feeling happier for a short period of time isn't worth feeling sick as hell, puking and passing out.'


Expect your kids to then ask you if the people who they saw passed out are really stupid.

3/28/2009 04:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next cancel The Bud Bilikin!!

3/28/2009 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this was my 19th parade, ive seen some bad ones and some good ones regarding drunken tomfoolery and racial intolerance, and i have to say that this year was pretty tame at best, i didnt have a thousand red cups in my yard or hordes of teens urinating in my gangway, all of which i have witnessed over the last years, and being a beverly resident. certaintly nothing worth cancelling the parade over. the parade doesnt belong on state street, there is an angle here, i dont know why so many people would be happy about the southside parade being suspended. jealousy? anti irish sentiment? i dont get it. i thought the irish would be upset, instead theres a bunch of northsiders relishing in this southside parade suspension. im disappointed in this entire thread.

3/28/2009 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
1:07 am--that 48 year old female was told numerous times to place her drink down by the police--She finally dumped it out and then blatantly pulled another can of beer out from her bag, opened it in front of a Sgt., and took a swig--So, perhaps you should know the entire story before making comments!

3/27/2009 08:38:00 AM

She could have had a keg in the middle of the street and you still dont make that arrest you loser. A 48 yoa woman! Try getting out of the office more.

3/28/2009 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the SSIP is canceled then the PR fest which is about a dozen rival gangs come and fight and shoot at each other should be canceled also.
----------------------------------
OH MY GOD...Hey timmy O'cockbreath,
when the fuck has that happened last? Maybe away from the park but it happens when your Dumbass has been let go by your Sgt. and your running scared as hell going south.
At least in Humboldt park there is no bullshit going on because the police are everywhere AND maybe the families there really respect the police not like those inbred little bastards who are quick to say "My dad is a Cop" Good Bye S.S.I.P (South Side Ignorant Parade)

3/27/2009 11:29:00 PM

What PR fest were you working? Maybe you should come outside of the field house instead of hiding in there. Stabbings, gang fights shootings is PR family fun. Yeah they respect the police by throwing gang signs along with bottles at police.

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Hey asshole the only homicide committed last year in the PR parade was by a WHITE yuppie.

You Irish pricks did to the SSI parade as what you did to this department... destroy it.

Besides, the PR parade takes place in downtown and is very civilized and no problems arise. It is the Humboldt Park FESTIVITIES that is the problem. The parade itself does not march through Humboldt Park.
The problem is the carnival at Humboldt Park, and in the city a yearly carnival large in size and for a week long is always going to attract a bad crowd OF ALL RACES.

3/28/2009 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are the Police which I doubt you are, take a peek at the 48 year old woman's Rap and her priors.....See a Pattern???

And to the Mayor of EP the Honorable Mayor Sexton....Are you nuts???

According to the SouthTown article, if the SSI Parade is in EP, you will have a PO on EVERY Corner, to lock up every Sean, Seamus, and Colleen......

News Flash Mr. Mayor- Check with the people who wrote the Order for this year's "Family Parade"... A year when we had more PO's deployed than in at least 5-7 Years...Nice Results Huh??

Your Officer on every corner needs to be expanded by at a minimum 10-12 fold, and don't forget the neighborhoods...


Good Luck,Glad it's not here


Revolver Police (20+ Year SSI Vet)

3/28/2009 08:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm extremely elated that someone has finally come to their senses. It is ridiculous how no one who attends this Family event is policed. Yet, once again this is a prime example of how the priviledged are not police. The same rules and laws doesn't apply for a certain ethnic groug. The group that feels as though they are entitled to everything and no rules has to be followed.

Someone spoke about the BUD Billiken Parade, I have compared the two parades and BBP loses hands down. At the
SSIP people are allowed to publicly drink on the publicway, compared to the BBP everyone is arrested for DOPW, officers are armed with tasers, flex cuffs, hand cuffs and anything else one can be detained with, but at SSIP the officers are instructed to keep the crowd moving. It doesn't matter if the person you are moving is an underaged drunken teen.

I think the kids go into training for this parade in Pre-K. The parents are putting Scotch into their bottle in preparation for this event.

I'm glad the parade is put to rest. Now when I come home on Mar 17th of any year I can get into my garage without being told which route to take and once I finally make onto my own property there isn't some drunk person lying on my front lawn in a drunken stupor.

3/29/2009 06:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is for the fucking IDIOT defending the PR parade. I don’t know where you live or if you attend or work in the parade, but the comments you made about the parade taking place only in Downtown you are fucking wrong! It may starts in Downtown but end’s in the HEART of Division and California. I have been resident of this neighborhood for the past 12 years and, I have never seen more irrational people acting like ANIMALS in a parade than the PR parade. Couple years ago one stupid gang- banger let this other SCUMBAG drive his car during the parade, the other MORON never drove a car in his life, crashing it into the sidewalk injuring about ten attendees. Will you call that normal? What about the year when CPD had to bring the F.B.I to share (gang intelligence) in order to track some of the most wanted GANG-BANGERS. How did it reflect on the PARADE? Or maybe is common on the attendees to see this kind of law enforcement. My neighbors and I flee to safer neighborhoods on parade day to avoid the CAOS

3/29/2009 05:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on people I'm Irish myself and you know it was time for that parade to go. We still have the one downtown. But I'm in agreement with a lot of the other comments why do we have so many parades for other nationalities. Puerto Rican Parades I have to go to 5 or 6 events a year, (only thing I hate about working Tact), the Mexicans have about 5-6 parades as well. And yes I hate the Gay Parade and the Bud Bilikin. But that’s only one but the drunks there on Western and saying do you know who my father is while walking down the street drinking happens nowhere else but in my Beverly neighborhood I must admit. I have 17yrs on the job and I plan my furloughs around those times

4/15/2009 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets the narrow backs be old country wannabees one day of the year, PATHETIC, good ridance

4/25/2009 12:00:00 PM  

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