May 26, 2024

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Scranton’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

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Many communities around Pennsylvania host St. Patrick Day parades, but none of them come close to the size of the parade in Scranton. In fact, it is the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country. The parade is held in Scranton PA, every year on the Saturday of the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day. Each year, thousands of people line the streets of downtown Scranton on Parade Day to take part in one of the city’s greatest traditions. The city has hosted a St. Patrick’s Day Parade since early in its history, The parade is sponsored and organized by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Association of Lackawanna County. The parade typically involves about 12,000 participants, including bagpipers, Irish step dancers, high school bands, local organizations and other Irish groups. Scranton is about 4 hours away so if you’re interested look it up for more detail so it’s worth the drive. The parade route is marked in green and begins on Wyoming Avenue in front of St. Peter’s Cathedral, proceeds through the streets of downtown Scranton, past the Lackawanna County Courthouse on North Washington Avenue, and ends after passing Lackawanna College. The streets will be packed with people of all ages, but since COVID-19 is still a risk there will be safety protocols in place. If any participants or spectators are feeling unwell, they are asked to stay home. The city is also encouraging social distancing, and masks for children under the age of two years old. Pandemic or not, the lineup is sure to be a show-stopping one with many local staples like Lynette’s Twirling, Penn State Scranton Cheerleaders, Wyoming Area Warrior Marching Band, and Ceol Neamh Pipe Band. Bryant Pampeno and Mayson Kelly never heard if the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade. They explained that it seemed exciting but it’s a long drive. In case The Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade may be too far, there is another parade in Philadelphia but that’s kind of far as well. The Saint Patrick’s Parade in Middle City East, Pa and is two hours closer but it’s still a far drive, unfortunately due to covid-19 a lot of the Saint Patrick’s events are cancelled.  

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