2016 Plainfield Irish Parade set for Sunday, March 13

3/7/2016, 10:18 a.m.
Residents may need the luck of the Irish to get through the snarled traffic near Plainfield's downtown on Sunday.
Marching bagpipe bands are among the highlights of the annual Hometown Irish Parade, which which will be held this Sunday in downtown Plainfield. Brock A. Stein

The 2016 Plainfield Irish Parade will occur on Sunday, March 13th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., and will cause traffic delays in and around the Village of Plainfield, and also Plainfield Central High School. Unless participating in, or viewing the parade, motorists are encouraged to avoid the downtown area and a portion of Route 126 on Sunday afternoon between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. due to heavier than normal traffic movement and road closures.

Starting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12th

Des Plaines Street south of Lockport Street will be closed for the placement of a tent.

Starting at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 13th

Crowd barriers and traffic barricades will be pre-positioned in the downtown area along Lockport Street, James Street, Illinois Street and Commercial Street.

Parking along these same streets will be restricted. Vehicles that remain within the parade route will be towed at the owners’ expense after 11:00 a.m.

Starting at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 13th

Police will close the following roadways:

o James Street from Fort Beggs Drive to Lockport Street

o Lockport Street from Main Street (Route 126) to Route 59

o Illinois Street from Lockport Street to Commercial Street

o Commercial Street from Illinois Street to James Street

o Chicago Street from Illinois Street to Fox River Street

o Ottawa Street from Illinois Street to James Street

o Des Plaines Street from Oak Street to Ottawa Street

o Fox River Street from Lockport Street to Commercial Street

All streets will re-open as soon as the parade has cleared the area (anticipated to be approximately 2:30 p.m.); except Des Plaines Street between Oak Street and Chicago Street will remain closed until approximately 6:00 p.m. for after parade festivities.

No traffic lanes on Route 59 will be closed, however motorists should be advised that traffic back-up and delays are expected.

Parade staging and line-up will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday at Plainfield Central High School, located at 24120 West Fort Beggs Drive.

The parade will begin at Plainfield Central High School; travel north on James Street to Lockport Street; travel east on Lockport Street to Illinois Street; travel south on Illinois Street to Commercial Street; and travel west on Commercial Street to James Street; to return back to PCHS.

No parking will be allowed along the parade route beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 13th until the conclusion of the parade. Parking areas have been designated at Plainfield Central High School, and the Village municipal lots on Des Plaines Street (across from the old Plainfield Fire Protection District fire station), and Illinois Street (next to the Library). Handicapped parking will be accessible across the street from the old Plainfield Fire Protection District fire station, located at 15025 South Des Plaines Street, and also accessible on the north side of Chicago Street between Illinois Street and Des Plaines Street.

After the parade, family oriented activities will occur in the tent constructed on Des Plaines Street just south of Lockport Street in downtown Plainfield.

Anyone with questions related to the Irish Parade activities, road closures, parade route/staging or parking restrictions can contact Commander Ken Ruggles at the Police Department, 815-267-7211.