- A Southwest Side alderman’s plan to prevent a return of rampant drunken misbehavior at the South Side Irish Parade moved a step closer to approval Thursday.
Ald. Matthew O'Shea's proposal would stiffen penalties for violations near a parade route. The annual Irish-themed parade was canceled for two years following a series of fights and arrests in the neighborhood around the parade route on South Western Avenue. The parade returned last year as an event organizers termed more “family friendly,” and O'Shea hopes to keep it that way.
Under O'Shea's plan, maximum fines for having open liquor on the street and public urination or defecation would double to $1,000 if the offenses were committed within 800 feet of a parade.
This applies to all parades?