Monday, March 12, 2012

Chicago's South Side Irish Parade back

CHICAGO ? Thousands of people have gathered to watch floats, marching bands and dancers in Chicago's South Side Irish Parade.

The parade is back after a two-year hiatus that was forced by drunken brawls at the 2009 march.

Parade organizers say they've beefed up security in an effort to create what they're calling a family-friendly parade. The last parade in 2009 was marred by fights and arrests.

The attendees on Sunday included Chicagoan Charles Codina. He says he's happy the parade is back, but thinks the security might be overboard.

Complaints about fighting among drunken youths in 2009 led to the parade's cancellation during the past two years.

The event goes back to 1979 and has drawn hundreds of thousands of people in the past.

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