Party forecast: Boozy with a chance of mayhem

  • Derrick Rose and the Bulls will play Philadelphia on Saturday.
Derrick Rose and the Bulls will play Philadelphia on Saturday. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago…)
March 15, 2012|By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye

Saturday promises to be warm, springlike and jampacked with bar crawls, fests and events galore. How many will you check off the list?

Go green

The parade typically is held the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day(March 17), but this year the holiday falls on Saturday itself. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. at the corner of Columbus and Balbo drives and goes north to Monroe Drive, rain or shine. Sara Collins, picked from more than 100 contestants, will be waving to the crowd as queen of the 57th St. Patrick's Day parade. Public transportation is encouraged to reach the route.

Love the way you dye

At 10:45 a.m. the Chicago river gets dyed a bright, "Ghostbusters" slime green, using an environmentally safe formula of course. Head to Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive for the best viewing point to watch the river change colors.

Best in fest

The Irish American Heritage Center hosts its annual St. Patrick's Festival following the parade from 1 p.m. to midnight. The two-day event will feature food, live entertainment from musicians and performances by the Trinity Irish Dancers, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary. Tickets are $15 for adults. The center, located at 4626 N. Knox Ave. in Mayfair Park on the Northwest Side, expects more than 10,000 visitors in March.

That's Bulls

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at the United Center. Derrick Rose and his teammates take on Philadelphia, which is fourth in the Eastern Conference. At their Feb. 1 meeting, the 76ers handed the Bulls one of its only eight losses so far this season. The Bulls bounced back and won the March 4 game. Who will be victorious this time?

Getting mad

Even though none of the March Madness rounds will be held in the Chicago area—the closest site is Columbus, Ohio—bars are bound to be packed with basketball fans rooting for their alma maters. Follow the cheers and the sighs of defeat echoing in every sports bar across the city during this round of the tourney.

lvivanco@tribune.com | @lvivanco

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