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The Irish Parade With Beer? It Will Happen, With Limits

The village will loosen some of last year's restrictions on drinking during the popular yearly parade.

You will be able to watch with a beer in your hand this year – with very specific limits.

While last year, the village enacted rules keeping all alcohol specifically within the bar area of any bar serving booze, this year the restrictions have been lightened a little.

"This year, we'll let them take liquor, beer, whatever onto the patio only," Mayor Ed Zabrocki said this week.

Last year's restrictions were due to fears of rowdy spillover from people who used to go to the South Side Irish parade in Beverly, Zabrocki said. That parade got canceled due to the mass public drunkenness it usually entailed.

After Tinley's parade, run by the Oak Park Avenue Mainstreet Association, went off smoothly last year, the village looked at relaxing some of the restrictions. But the mayor was very specific about where the booze will end.

"The patio only," he repeated.

ernie brand February 14, 2011 at 04:13 PM
We can drink on the street during the Carribean block party,why not St Patrick's day?
Dick Schmidt February 14, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Seems pretty fair. Especially with what came with the South Side Parade. I'm still in my 30's and it was a tradition for my family to attend the Beverly spectacle every year. I never enjoyed the huge crowds, public expelling of cheap beer or just the morons which attended. Once I turned 21 I never once went back. Hard to believe but it's truthful. Tinley Park does most of their events the right way and I feel this new protocol is correct also. Cheers!!
Marilyn February 20, 2011 at 05:24 PM
I think it's fair, unfortunately there will always be a few that don't know how to behave. Remember this is for families and not a bunch of overserved jerks!

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