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St. Pat's parade in Wrigleyville? Not so much

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February 28, 2012|By Tracy Swartz, RedEye

One local Irish group doesn't have the luck of Irish.

Chicago Department of Transportation approved a permit last week that will allow a local Irish brotherhood group to hold a St. Patrick's sidewalk march on March 10 in Wrigleyville.

But event organizer Michael Cino envisioned a grander affair. Cino said he wanted to shut down part of Clark Street for his event, which he wanted to wind around Wrigley Field.

Instead, an event has been approved to take place only on the Clark Street sidewalk between Roscoe Street and Waveland Avenue. The issued permit approves activity between 2 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. No streets will be blocked off.

"There is no Wrigleyville St. Patrick's DayParade," said Max Bever, director of communications and community outreach for Wrigleyville Ald. Tom Tunney (44th). Bever cited street closures as problematic. "The alderman did not support aSt. Patrick's Day parade within the 44th ward."

Cino ran into similar resistance last year and scaled back his plans. This year, Cino said he is still planning on having a parade.

He sent an e-mail Tuesday about parade sponsorship and promoted the event on Facebook.

Cino said it's important to host a St. Patrick's Daymarch on the North Side because the annual parade in Grant Park has too many drawbacks.

"The parade in Grant Park is too cold. The wind right next to the lake is brutal. It's just wrong for everybody there," Cino said. "What we need to have is a parade on a regular street where people go in [bars] and warm up if the weather is not good."

tswartz@tribune.com | @tracyswartz

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