04/14/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Roland Burris Gets Cold Reception At St. Patrick's Day Parade

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Roland Burris made customary appearances at the annual Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade, but drew very different reactions from the green-clad crowd.

Saturday's parade-goers in leprechaun hats, green jackets and clover-spotted socks who clapped and greeted Quinn warmly just pointed at Burris derisively and chuckled. Many reminded the people standing closest to them that Burris was controversially appointed by ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Burris' testimony about the appointment to a state House committee is being investigated. The senator rarely acknowledged or waved to people along the parade route, instead talking to the officials walking with him.

Quinn waved and smiled while the crowd whistled and cheered.