St. Patrick’s Day Parades


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Have you ever gone to a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Scranton? There are many other cities outside of Scranton that celebrate this day differently. Some might include Wilkes Barre, Stroudsburg, and plenty more. In this article you will see how they celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Scranton Pennsylvania is a very popular spot that goes full out for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Scranton has started this tradition since 1862 and has a big reputation behind it. There are about 12,000 participants that include bagpipers, Irish step dancers, high school bands, local organizations, and other Irish groups.

Another city around Scranton that has a lot of St. Patrick’s festivities are in Wilkes-Barre. This year Wilkes-Barre includes over 60 groups and over 450 participants. Those groups have local leaders, non-profit organizations, businesses, youth groups, pageant title holders, and local emergency response units. 

One final city around the Scranton area is Stroudsburg.  Before the parade, there is a pancake breakfast around the area. Then, the parade includes many Irish groups such as bagpipers and Irish step-dancers. Also, after the parade they normally have a brunch you could go to after the parade.

To summarize, there are many similarities and differences between the cities and how they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Whether it would be Irish step dancers, pageant title holders, or  However, the parades always bring our Irish culture and our community together every year.