As the Chicago River turned as green as shamrocks, Wyandotte Roosevelt High School's Marching Chiefs stood in the frigid Chicago wind for three hours Saturday waiting for a chance to march in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.
Nearly 100 students from Roosevelt's instrumental music department made the three-day trip to participate in the parade and the Windy City Classic music festival, which was hosted in the Dominican University auditorium in River Forest, IL.
Mark D'Angelo, director of instrumental music at Roosevelt, said he was excited to take the band to perform in different cities and events.
"They always rise to the occasion and make us all proud," D'Angelo said.
D'Angelo added the students showed grit by powering through cold temperatures to make the parade a success.
The weekend before, the Chiefs marched in Detroit's St. Patrick's Day parade.