Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Northeast PA

Scranton • March 11

Celebrate the day “when everyone is Irish” at the second-largest parade in the country! Many Irish groups and societies will be represented among the 12,000 parade participants, as well as large balloons, floats, high school bands and bagpipes. The parade begins in front of St. Peter’s Cathedral on Wyoming Avenue and ends at the corner of North Washington and Vine. The day begins with a Mass at 10 a.m. followed by the Brian Kelly Memorial Race at 11 a.m. The parade begins at 11:45 a.m.

Wilkes-Barre • March 12

Community organizations and businesses join bands, dance groups and civic organizations marching through downtown Wilkes-Barre to reach the parade’s final destination at Public Square. Parade activities and performances, include Irish dancing groups and drum bands. The parade begins at 2 p.m.

Jim Thorpe • March 12

Residents of Carbon County—and elsewhere—will flock to Jim Thorpe to celebrate their Irish roots during this 20th annual parade! As in past years, the procession begins at the upper end of West Broadway and concludes at the County parking lot. The route showcases spectacular views of downtown Jim Thorpe. Charles Wildoner will serve as the Grand Marshall.  This year, Lochiel Emerald Society Pipes and Drums from Harrisburg will march in the parade, along with local bands and civic organizations. The parade begins at 1 p.m.

Stroudsburg • March 19

Every year since 1978, the residents of Stroudsburg have celebrated on the first Sunday after St. Patrick’s Day. The Pocono Irish American Club organizes the festivities. The parade covers a distance of almost two miles and is filled with bagpipers, Irish dancers, floats, vintage cars, motor bikes, trucks, Special Olympians, school bands, animals and plenty of floats. The parade lasts for approximately two and a half to three hours. Grand Marshal Bill Kilmurray will oversee this year’s event, which begins at 1:30 p.m.  

–Megan Kane