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Everything you need to know for a perfect St. Patrick’s Parade Day celebration
It’s the most wonderful time of the year indeed; Parade Day! When the first St. Patrick’s Day parade marched up and down the Scranton streets way back in 1962, no one could foresee that one day it would turn into the massive celebration it has grown to be. Scranton’s St. Patrick’s Parade is the second largest in the nation, trailing only Savannah, Ga. and trumping New York City’s parade. When this year’s 51st annual parade steps off at 11:45 a.m. on Sat., March 10, we here at electric city will be arm and arm with more than 100,000 of our closest friends and celebrating all things Irish.
The parade itself is expected to feature more than 12,000 participants and close to 10 times that amount will be lining the city streets and filling up the bars.
While the parade itself doesn’t start until 11:45 a.m., official parade related activities begin at 10 a.m. with the annual Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral on Wyoming Ave.
The Brian P. Kelly Memorial Run, the first event of the season and the oldest road race in the Scranton area, kicks off one hour later at 11 a.m. The two mile run starts at the Scranton Cultural Center and follows the parade route in reverse all the way to St. Peter’s Cathedral, then reverses course back to the Cultural Center. Register online at in the Lackawanna College Student Union from 9 to 10:45 a.m. on March 10. Entry fee is $12 in advance or $15 the day of.

Here are a few more details you need to know for the 51st annual Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade:

Those of you planning on enjoying an adult beverage or three prior to the parade should know that downtown establishments will not open before 9 a.m. Don’t forget to have a hearty breakfast and remember to pace yourself if you plan on starting your day with beers before noon. Parade day isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.

Think about packing a bag with some non-alcoholic beverages and water. Bringing snacks, sunscreen and cab money also falls into the category of planning ahead.

Feel free to put on some green clothes, beads, shamrocks etc. and get festive. Parade Day is an acceptable day to fit in with the rest of the crowd in a sea of Kelly green. There will be many options to help spruce up your 2012 outfit, just try not to be that annoying person with the plastic horn.

Parking spaces will be in high demand, so we highly recommend getting downtown early. With the bars opening at 9 a.m. we suggest getting down town as early as you can. And if you plan on drinking, plan on not driving as well.

According to the, we’re looking at a sunny day with a high of 50°F and a 0% chance of precipitation. For the truly hard-core, sunrise will be at 6:22 a.m.

The parade route begins on Wyoming Ave in front of St. Peter’s Cathedral, proceeds to Lackawanna Ave. over Jefferson Ave. then down Spruce St to get to Washington Ave. where it passes the William J. Nealon Federal building and finally the reviewing stand.
There will be plenty more noteworthy participants in the parade including the Greater Scranton Black Diamonds Pipe Band, The Washington Show Stoppers, local high school and string bands, floats, large balloons and many Irish groups and societies.
For more information on the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade, visit

Parade Day hot spots!

Parade Day in Scranton might just be the biggest bar-hopping day of the year. Before you head out, take a look at what local bars have in store for you. Many of the bars listed here have a cover charge, particularly those with live entertainment. Please note: semi-private clubs aren’t included in this list, but they’re sure to be hopping as well. Sláinte!

Abbey Gale’s Pub
729 Oak St., 342-8182
Open noon; no cover. Black Diamond Pipe Band

1000 S. Washington Ave., 969-1910
Open 11 a.m.
Andy Gavin’s
1392 N. Washington Ave., 346-8864
Open at noon; One Hot Mess 1-4 p.m. on the patio; Black Diamond Pipe Band; ham & corned beef

Backyard Ale House
523 Linden St., 955-0192
Open 9 a.m.; Merkley and Morgan (of Digger Jones) 9 a.m.-noon; Mike Miz and Freeman White, noon-3 p.m.; Miz, White, Mace and Finco 3-5 p.m.; Tom Graham, 5-8 p.m.

Bacwal’s Tavern
1001 Stafford Ave., 969-2690
Open 9 a.m.; Black Diamond Pipe Band

The Banshee
322 Penn Ave., 969-4248
Open at 9 a.m.; live music all day with DJ Joey, Eric Rudy, John Phillips and UUU

414 Spruce St., 341-0205
Open at 9 a.m. DJ Starts at 10:30

The Bog
341 Adams Ave., 341-6761
Open 9 a.m.; Tom Petty Appreciation Band, 9:30 a.m.; Mullen: A Salute to U2, 10:45 a.m.; Mike Quinn, noon; Kock 107, 1:15 p.m.; The Coal Town Rounders, 2:45 p.m.

701 N. Washington Ave., 346-6883
Dock opens 9 a.m., ship bar 10 a.m.; traditional Irish food; The Wanabees, 2-9 p.m.

Diskin’s Saloon
2716 Birney Ave., 963-0770
Open at 9 a.m.; no cover; bagpipers

The Dugout
401 S. Webster Ave., 342-4121
Open at 1 p.m.

300 Adams Ave., 346-3000
Open 9 a.m. happy hour 9-11

The Glass Onion
1018 Prescott Ave. 347-0199
Open 10 a.m.

Good Fella’s
1210 Mulberry St., 961-5775
Open 7 a.m.

Green Frog
815 Mulberry St., 969-9989
Open 9 a.m.

Haggerty’s Pub & Eatery
421 N. Main Ave., 344-9961
Open 10 a.m. Live music by Bill Kolata 2-7 p.m.; Black Diamond Pipe Band; DJ Jamie Callen 10 p.m.

The Hardware Bar
519 Linden St., 346-8465
Open 9 a.m.; music by Nowhere Slow, Drop Dead Sexy, Graces Downfall, Maybe Someday, UUU

The Hub Lounge at the Clarion
300 Meadow Ave., 344-9811
Opens 1 p.m. Wise Cracker Comedy at 9 p.m.

Hurricane Grill & Wings
300 Lackawanna Ave., 561-0707
Opens 9 a.m. Live music

The Irish Wolf Pub
503 Linden St., 342-0401
Open 9 a.m.

Jack’s Draft House
803 Prescott Ave., 344-7040

Jilly’s Restaurant
524 Court St., 344-7846
Open 9 a.m.; Kegs ‘N eggs for Krissy Coleman; EJ the DJ; patio open

Jones Tavern
1902 Lafayette St., 969-0606
Open 7 a.m.; $3 breakfast special; door prizes; cornbeef & cabbage

Joyce’s Café
2734 Birney Ave., 343-4041
Open 1 p.m.; bagpipers

Kelly’s Pub & Eatery
1802 Cedar Ave., 346-9758
Open noon; bagpipers

The Keys
244 Penn Ave.
Open at 9 a.m.; DJ Steve, Black Diamond Pipe Band

129 S. Main Ave., 969-4331
Open at noon

119 Jefferson Ave., 344-4030
Open at 9 a.m.; Hello Vixen, Giants of Science, Channel Five News outside. Gone Crazy, Flaxy Morgan, and D.J. April inside.

McMullen’s Pub
219 E. Market St., 346-2723
Open at 11 a.m.; bagpipers

Mert’s Piano & Cocktail Bar
302 Penn Ave., 969-9100
Open at 9 a.m.; no cover before 11 a.m.

Mickey Gannon’s
925 Sanderson Ave., 343-6234
Open at 11 a.m.

Minooka Pub
2934 Birney Ave., 209-7172
Open at noon; Leo Schott, 4-7 p.m., bagpipers

Morgan’z Pub & Eatery
315 Green Ridge St., 344-8300
Open at 11 a.m.; bagpipers

The New Penny
1827 North Main Ave.
Ham and cabbage 1-7 p.m. Rockbox

Northern Light Espresso Bar
536 Spruce St., 342-3200
Open at 9 a.m.

P.J.’s 1910 Pub
100 Adams Ave., 343-3000
Open at 10 a.m.; $10 cover; M80 and Bad Hair Day outside, noon-6 p.m.; Breakdown Jimmy inside, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Poor Richard’s Pub
125 Beech St., 344-4555
Open at noon

Posh@The Scranton Club
404 N. Washington Ave., 397-0709
Open at 11:30 a.m.; Oak Bar & Fashion Lounge, $10 cover, $5 beer and drink specials.

Rocky’s Lounge
141 Jefferson Ave., 348-0351
Open at 9 a.m., DJ Jason Miller 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; DJ Strangelove 7 p.m.- 2 a.m.

Sambuca Grille & Bar
234 Penn Ave., 961-5205
Open at 9 a.m.; dee-jay all day

Scranton Cultural Center
420 N. Washington Ave., 344-1111
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Day Party, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission, music by Kilrush, Irish stepdancers and bagpipers

872 Providence Road, 558-9130
Open at 9 a.m. No cover. DJ Jamie Callen, 3-9 p.m. Bagpipers throughout the day

Starbucks Coffee House
300 Lackawanna Ave., 963-0377
Open at 6:30 a.m.

Stirna’s Restaurant
120 W. Market St., 961-9681
Open at noon. Traditional ham and cabbage. Penn York Highlanders.

Trax at the Radisson
700 Lackawanna Ave., 342-8300
Shamrock Fest, starts at 1 p.m., live music by Tom Petty Appreciation Band, Mullen: A Salute to U2

The Vintage Theater
119 Penn Ave., 589-0271

The V-Spot
906 Providence Road, 963-7888
Open at 9 a.m., Tribes, 12-3 p.m.; DJ More 2 Luv, 3-7 p.m.; Pink Slip, 8-12 p.m.

Whiskey Dick’s
308 N. Washington Ave., 342-9824
Open at 9 a.m.; $3 cover; DJ all day

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