ROSWELL, Ga. – Sixty Centennial High School students braved freezing rain, snow and fierce winds March 16 to march in Chicago’s world-renowned Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade, which was viewed by thousands of Chicago residents bundled up and decked in green, included more than 150 performance groups and organizations from across the U.S.
CHS students raised money for the trip through various fundraising activities and took part in special rehearsals to prepare for the march up Columbus Drive parallel to Lake Michigan. In addition to the parade, students enjoyed some of the best of Chicago, including visits to the Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier and the Museum of Science and Industry, and took in the view from the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, the tallest building in North America.
“The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade gave our students an opportunity to take part in one of Chicago’s most important cultural traditions,” said Michael Reid, CHS director of bands. “Music is such an important part of this celebration and we were thrilled to participate and to bring some Southern charm to the Windy City.”
This article was published in the Revue & News Herald April 11, 2013 edition