The official start of spring is still a few days away, but Northeast Pennsylvania will be awash in green again this weekend.
The St. Patrick’s Parade Day Association of Lackawanna County presents the annual St. Patrick’s Parade in Scranton on Saturday, March 9, and businesses throughout the city and beyond will mark the occasion.
Things kick off Saturday with a Parade Day Mass in St. Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, at 10 a.m., followed by the Brian P. Kelly Memorial St. Patrick’s Parade 2-Mile Footrace at 11 a.m. The course, run entirely on the parade route, starts and ends in front of Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N Washington Ave. Registration that day will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Lackawanna College Student Union Center, 600 Jefferson Ave. Pre-registered runners can pick up their packets Friday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Scranton Running Co., 3 W. Olive St. Registration costs $12 in advance and $15 that day.

Thomas McIntyre, 8, of Scranton, portrays a leprechaun along the Irish Cultural Society of East Mountain float on Saturday during the 52nd annual St.Patrick’s Day Parade held in downtown Scranton. Times-Shamrock Archives

The parade steps off at 11:45 a.m. at Mulberry Street and Wyoming Avenue. Marchers head toward Linden Street and then make a left onto Lackwanna Avenue, which bends onto Jefferson Avenue, before turning left onto Spruce Street. After a final right turn onto North Washington Avenue, the parade passes the reviewing booth near North Washington Avenue and Linden Street, ending at North Washington Avenue and Vine Street.
This year’s dignitaries include Grand Marshal William “Buddy” Cosgrove, Honorary Grand Marshal Patrick J. Dempsey, Parade Marshal Christopher O’Neill McGrath, Honorary Parade Marshal John J. Lynady and President Timothy W. Lynady. The parade is dedicated to the late Dave Clark and James Ormsby.
Streets close by 9:30 a.m. the day of the parade, so guests should arrive early to find parking. The parade is estimated to run slightly under three and a half hours. As of press time, AccuWeather forecasts predicted ** conditions and temperatures in the **.
For updates and more information, visit stpatparade.com or the Scranton St. Patrick Parade Facebook, Twitter (@StPatParade) and Instagram pages (@StPatParade).

Members of the Black Diamonds Pipe Band, from Scranton, perform during the Pittston St. Patrick’s Day parade. KRISTEN MULLEN / THE CITIZENS’ VOICE

The days before
Keystone College, La Plume, kicks off the weekend with a free performance by the Quietmen band Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the campus’ Theatre in Brooks. The band plays traditional and contemporary Celtic music. For details, call Elena O’Connor at 570-945-8160 or visit keystone.edu.
Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, 22 Bald Mountain Road, McDade Park, Scranton, hosts a Parade Day Eve Bash on Friday, March 8. From 6 to 9 p.m., guests can enjoy entertainment by bagpiper Bill Hetherson, the Emerald Isle Step Dancers and the Quietmen, along with raffles. Tickets cost $25; call the museum at 570-963-4804.
Carbondale hosted the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lackawanna County on March 17, 1833, and so in 2018, the Pioneer City started a new tradition to commemorate that — a nighttime
Lighted St. Patrick’s Parade. This year, the event occurs Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m. Participants line up at 6 on Main Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues and then march along Main Street for about five blocks.

Gavin Gallagher, 4, of Crofton, M.D., wears his Irish colors in the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer

Scranton early-bird Parade Day specials
Center City Wine Cellar, 300 Lackawanna Ave., invites parade-goers to the second floor of the Marketplace at Steamtown to warm up and grab a drink from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Beer is half-off for guests who bring bartenders green beads.
Enjoy the St. Paddy’s Day Bash at Goodfellas Bar, 1212 Mulberry St., starting at 7 a.m. Features will include green beer, live music, a free pizza buffet and drink specials.
Stalter’s Cafe, 872 Providence Road, serves egg sandwiches and Irish coffees starting at 7 a.m., with “McGriddles” by Lady A at 10 a.m. and Borgia Brunch at 1 p.m. Bagpipers stop in around 4, while the Holmes Family Dance Party featuring Jamie Callen gets underway at 7.
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., serves an all-you-can-eat breakfast starting at 8 a.m. The menu includes omelette and Belgian waffle stations along with Danishes, muffins, juice, coffee, tea and more for $15 (including tax and tip) per adult and $10 per child 10 and younger. Walk-ins are welcome, though reservations are very strongly suggested; call 570-346-8049 or visit coopers-seafood.com. Cooper’s also will offer live music by Jack Bordo and Jim Cullen on the restaurant side; EJ the DJ will entertain in the ship at 9 a.m., followed later by the Wanabees.
Waldorf Park Social Club, 13 Waldorf Lane, opens at 9 a.m. to serve breakfast for $12, which includes draft beer and mimosas. Bagpipers will make an appearance, and DJ Pat Dougher will entertain starting at 4 p.m. There is no cover for members, while guests pay $5 at the door.
Rhythm Fitness LLC, 206 N. Main Ave., hosts Top of the Yoga to You. Host Leah Mohan guides the class, which costs $5, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Carly Yorder is in the spirit of the holiday during Wilkes Barre St. Patrick’s Parade. DAVE SCHERBENCO/CITIZENS VOICE

Downtown Scranton events
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., opens at 9 a.m. with $5 admission, which increases to $10 after 10 a.m. Domestic beer specials run from 9 to 11 a.m., and the day’s entertainment includes Ale House Funk Band, Light Weight, Mace in Dickson, Digger Jones, Tom Graham and DJs.
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., opens at 9 a.m. with a $10 cover and features live entertainment by SaturBae, Indigo Moon Brass Band and Idol Hands as well as appearances by pipe bands throughout the day.
The newly remodeled Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., has music by the Boastfuls from 9 to 11 a.m.; Graces Downfall, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Always Undecided, 1 to 3 p.m.; and a DJ, 3 to 6 p.m. and in between band sets.
Kildare’s Irish Pub Scranton, 119 Jefferson Ave., hosts indoor and outdoor parties from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Inside, guests can catch Laura Lea + Yep Fabulous, while Giants of Science plays outside. At night, Flaxy Morgan takes over, and DJs spin throughout the day.
Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., hosts two parties. Admission is $25 to the indoor Trax VIP Party, which runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and features music by Tribes and DJ Nino Blanco plus a view of the parade from the patio. Tickets are available by calling 570-558-3919. Outdoors, Shamrockfest goes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and costs $15, with a performance by Nowhere Slow, fresh food for purchase and a 60-foot bar. Tickets will be available at the door.
When Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., opens its doors at 9 a.m., guests can enjoy a happy hour through 11 a.m., plus entertainment by DJ Elite all day.
Harry’s cocktail bar, 302 Penn Ave., opens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with drink specials and entertainment by the Barrel Chested Beer Bellies.
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., has music starting at 10 a.m. by groups such as Another Day Dawns, Tommy Guns Band, Kristen and the Noise, and Flip Like Wilson. At 3 p.m., find a concert and meet-and-greet with Jake Miller and Logan Henderson; for tickets, visit eventbrite.com.

Irish step dancers perform on North Washington Avenue during the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer

Parade Day outside center city
Haggerty’s Tavern, 421 N. Main Ave., Scranton, opens at 9 a.m. in West Side.
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton, which opens at 10 a.m., presents live music all day, including DJ Famous from noon to 2 p.m.; Bliss, 3 to 7; and Pink Slip, 7 to 10.
McNally’s, 217 E. Market St., Scranton, opens from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. with food specials that include Irish poutine and Brett’s Famous Irish Potato Chowder. Drink specials include Jen’s Jell-O shots and the Tropical Leprechaun. Alyssa Lazar provides entertainment at night; bagpipers also will make an appearance.

Taylor Grace Corey, 6, of Painted Post, N.Y., enjoys a piece of cotton candy while watching the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer

Morgan’Z Pub & Eatery, 315 Green Ridge St., Scranton, opens at 11 a.m. with no cover charge. A heated patio is available all day, as is a special St. Patrick’s Day-themed menu. Holy Sardine plays from 3 to 7 p.m.
West Scranton Community Development at the Club hosts a Parade Day Celebration at the Angry Irishman, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A $10 donation at the door includes entertainment, bracelet and traditional dinners, such as ham and cabbage, Shepherd’s pie and other Irish favorites. All proceeds from the cover benefit West Scranton community development.
Bud’s Bar & Grill, 402 N. Main St., Archbald, opens from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. with Miller Lite pounders for $2.50 all day and $2 shots from 8 to 10 p.m. There is no cover, and visitors can hear music by a DJ and the Greater Scranton Black Diamonds Pipe Band. The kitchen stays open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
McGrath’s Pub & Eatery, 112 E. Main St., Dalton, opens at 11 a.m. with a happy hour that stretches to 3 p.m., after which there is a $5 cover. Corned beef reubens will be served all day. Music by Jonny D starts at 3 p.m., followed by the Edward P. Maloney Memorial Pipe Band at 7 and Mace in Dickson at 8.
The Tauras Club,106 W. Market St., Scranton, serves classic ham-and-cabbage dinners for $8 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Music by Back Flash begins at 6 p.m.
Thirst-T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant, celebrates with drink specials as it broadcasts the live telecast on 11 big-screen TVs. Live music begins at 3 p.m. and includes Blind Choice, Erich & Tyler Music Co. and the Greater Scranton Black Diamonds Pipe Band.
Andy Gavin’s Eatery & Pub, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, opens at noon and offers live music by the Fab 3 outside, weather permitting, in the afternoon, plus entertainment by the band Drive at night. It serves traditional Irish fare throughout the day; $1 of the $6 cover charge will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Dunn’s Tavern, 905 S. Main Ave., Scranton, opens at noon with drink specials, including featured shots and Jell-O shots, as well as a jukebox, pool, darts and shuffleboard.
Stage West, 201 N. Main Ave., Scranton, opens at noon with a $7 cover and presents live music from the Boastfuls from 3 to 7 p.m., followed by DJ Von Wheeler from 7 to 10.

The Black Diamonds pipe band performs in the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer

Honeychilds’, 109 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, opens at 2 p.m. and hosts live music by Ron Morgan and Co. from 4 to 7 p.m.; Qualia at 8; and Mathew James and Co. in its second-level bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Kenny’s Pub, 153 Spruce St. Archbald, hosts a Parade Day Party featuring hot ham and cabbage dinners starting at 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy live, traditional Irish music all night from acts including Dr. Clair Kenny, Kerry Kenny, Mickey Spain and Leo Schott on bagpipes. For reservations, call 570-904-1095.
Catch live music by Jason Weiss at 3 Jacks Burger Bar, 233 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Lost Dogs, the Pearl Jam tribute band, plays at Villa Maria II, 1610 Washburn St., Scranton, starting at 6 p.m. The cover charge is $5.
Fraternal Order of Eagles 314, 493 Meridian Ave., Scranton, will be the site for the day-ending St. Patty’s Parade After-Party from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Specials include ham and cabbage dinners (available from 3 to 7 p.m.), ham sandwiches with chips, and specialty drinks. Entertainment with TruBluXM Productions, featuring music and karaoke, runs from 7 to 11 p.m. There is no cover.
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton, opens at 7 a.m. and features $1.50 Coors Light pints and no cover charge throughout Parade Day. Music by the Third Nut starts at 10 p.m.
Family-friendly
The 10th annual St. Patty’s Day Stache Bash returns to POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It features a gourmet breakfast buffet and open draft bar, DJ, dancing, Irish bagpipes, games and mustache awards plus a view of the parade. Tickets, available through eventbrite.com, cost $37 for the breakfast and bar option, $23 for the non-alcoholic breakfast and $15 for kids 12 and younger. Children 5 and under enter for free.
Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., invites the public into its Grand Ballroom for all-ages fun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring music by Old Friends Celtic Band as well as special guests from along the parade route. Admission is free, with food and drinks available for purchase.
Lackawanna County Children’s Library, 520 Vine St., welcomes families from noon to 4 p.m. to make a St. Patrick’s Parade Drop-by Craft, with no registration required.

The day after
Try a little hair of the dog during a Hangover Brunch from noon to 5 p.m. at Ale’s Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton.