Break out all the green you own and bring the family to downtown Rockford this Saturday for the luckiest and rowdiest parade of the year!

The 2016 Irish Marching Society's St. Patrick's Day Parade will begin at 3 p.m. (lineup begins at 2 p.m.) on Saturday, March 12 from the BMO Harris Bank on 5th Ave. in Rockford. There are a few changes to this year's parade route, with the most important being a different ending location which will be the Prairie Street Brewhouse this year. The parade will NOT cross the State Street Bridge this year either.

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The post-parade celebration this year will be at Prairie Street Brewhouse and will get underway at 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will be something for everyone in your family including activities and special menu items for the kids, 4 stages playing fun Irish music, 3 bars, two food service areas, bagpipers, Irish dancers, and plenty of corned beef, cabbage, and other Irish yummies for all!

Admission tickets for anyone 15 and older are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. There's an additional charge for food items and beverages. Food service will begin at 4 p.m. and the bands will begin around 4:30 p.m.

For more info on the parade route, tickets for the after-party, or complete entertainment lineup, visit the Irish Marching Society's website here.

Erin Go Bragh! See you Saturday!