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Evergreen Park Won't Hold South Side Irish Parade

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EVERGREEN PARK, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago's South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade is still looking for a home.

After organizers decided that it would no longer hold the parade that had grown too large for the neighborhood, neighboring Evergreen Park was considering taking over as host.

But Mayor James Sexton says a survey showed residents were split 50-50 on taking on the parade so officials decided to drop the matter.

Founded 30 years ago, the parade was the brainchild of two South Side families who wanted a neighborhood celebration of Irish heritage.

But the parade, which drew more than 300,000 people this year, was dangerously overcrowded and that even with a large police presence controlling the crowd was tough.