St. Patrick’s Parade returns to downtown and beyond for day of Celtic culture and camaraderie

Scranton’s favorite day of the year is here once again. The St. Patrick’s Parade Association of Lackawanna County presents the annual St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 10.
With more than 12,000 participants each year, Parade Day has been a staple of Irish heritage in Scranton since 1962. A cavalcade of Irish groups and organizations ­— including 11 pipe bands, eight local high school bands and the Irem Temple Shriners ­— join floats and large balloons making their way through downtown as thousands revel in the streets. New to the lineup this year is the Navy Band Northeast from Rhode Island.
“There’s a lot of Irish in the Scranton area, a lot of immigrants who came to Scranton. It’s just a lot of Irish history,” said Jim McLaughlin, president of the parade association. “A lot of families stayed here, and it’s evident by the size of the parade and the size of our committee. The committee continues to grow, and the parade just gets bigger and bigger.”
The day’s festivities begin with a Parade Day Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., at 10 a.m., followed by the Brian P. Kelly Memorial St. Patrick’s Parade 2-Mile Footrace at 11 a.m. The race starts in front of Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., and follows the parade route in reverse.
Registration is $15 and runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. that day at Lackawanna College Student Union Center, 600 Jefferson Ave. Two top male and female finishers in various age categories will win medals.

The parade steps off at 11:45 a.m. from Mulberry Street and Wyoming Avenue. It marches down Wyoming Avenue for three blocks then turns left and heads along Lackawanna Avenue for about three more blocks. The marchers will turn left onto Spruce Street for three blocks, make a final right turn on to North Washington Avenue for three more blocks and finish on Vine Street.
Thomas J. Langan serves as grand marshal of the parade, and Michael Gordon is honorary grand marshal. Attorney Timothy M. Doherty is parade marshal and Clarence Duffy is honorary parade marshal, while attorney Thomas J. Munley acts as parade commander this year.
Parking is available in the Marketplace at Steamtown garage and other paid lots and garages across the city. Guests are encouraged to arrive early before the streets close at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, visit or the Scranton St. Patrick Parade Facebook page.

Downtown events
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., opens at 9 a.m. and presents music by Tom Graham, Indigo Moon Brass Band, Justin Mazer and Friends, DJ Justin and bagpipers throughout the day.
The Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., hosts live music on Courthouse Square when it opens at 9 a.m.
Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., is hosting two parties. Check out Shamrockfest outdoors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a performance by Nowhere Slow. Indoors, the Trax VIP Party from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. features performances by Tribes and WD-40.
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., will offer specials all day. Check out performances by Eric Rudy and Rachel Galassi at 9 a.m., Black Tie Stereo at 11 a.m., Tom Graham at 1:30 p.m. and Reach For the Sky at 4 p.m.
Kildare’s Irish Pub, 119 Jefferson Ave., opens at 9 a.m. and will feature music by Lost in Paradise and the Benderz. It also offers a separate VIP area that includes a buffet and open bar under a heated tent.
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., opens at 9 a.m. and hosts a meet-and-greet session with the band We the Kings at 3 p.m., plus music by Breakdown Jimmy and Dance Hall Devils, Tommy Guns band, Southside Bandits and more throughout the day.

Early-bird specials

For those looking to take on the day early, Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., hosts brunch from 7 to 10 a.m., followed by a menu of traditional Irish fare from 11 a.m. until close. EJ the DJ, Jack Bordon and Jim Cullen and the Wanabees will entertain throughout the day.
Rise and shine with “Kegs N’ Eggs” from 9 to 11 a.m. at Waldorf Park Social Club, 13 Waldorf Lane, Scranton. Breakfast includes a buffet, domestic drafts and specials on Mimosas and Bloody Marys. At 3 p.m., enjoy a ham and cabbage dinner. Entertainment includes DJ Pat Dougher, New York Sanitation Bag Pipe Band and Irish Step Dancers.
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., opens with no cover for an hour starting at 9 a.m. ahead of its full day of live music, including Black Tie Stereo, Ale House Funk Band, Mace In Dickson Band, Mike Mizwinski, Light Weight, Tom Graham and a special appearance by the Hudson Valley Regional Police Pipes and Drums.
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton, opens at 7 a.m. to celebrate with all-day drink specials and food available.

Outside center city
Downtown Scranton isn’t the only place to celebrate.
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant, opens at 9 a.m. with specials and giveaways all day. Performances include Alex O’Brien at 4 p.m., Blind Choice at 7:30 p.m. and Hold Fast at 9:15 p.m.
At the edge of Green Ridge, Andy Gavin’s Pub & Eatery, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, opens at noon and offers traditional Irish cuisine including ham and cabbage, corn beef cabbage, cabbage shepherd’s pie and corn beef Reuben. There also will be music by Drive, the Fab Three and bagpipers throughout the day. A portion of the $6 cover benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Scranton.
Villa Maria II, 1610 Washburn St., Scranton, hosts a Pearl Jam Parade Day featuring Lost Dogs tribute band. Doors open at noon with music scheduled for the evening.
McNally’s Scranton, 219 E. Market St., will have a heated tent and music by bagpipers after it opens at 11 a.m.
Blinded Passenger Duo and bagpipers will perform at Morgan’Z Pub & Eatery, 315 Green Ridge St., Scranton, which opens at 11 a.m.
Check out Bud’s Bar & Grill, 402 N. Main St., Archbald, for drink specials and entertainment from DJ Services by Carl.
McGrath’s Pub & Eatery, 112 E. Main St., Dalton, celebrates Parade Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with entertainment by Jonny D, Maloney Bagpiper Band and Mace in Dickson and a limited menu including Corned Beef Reubens.
At the end of the day, head to Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 314, 493 Meridian Ave., Scranton, for an After-St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party from 7:30 to 11 p.m. In addition to drink specials, they’ll serve ham and cabbage dinners and ham sandwiches and have music all night.
Parade Day offers much more than a good time at the bar — it also includes festivities for the whole family.
Visit Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., for its annual Parade Day party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old Friends Celtic Band and bagpipers, step-dancers and more from the parade provide entertainment. Admission is free, but a cash bar and light fare will be available for purchase.
Head over to POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., for the St. Paddy’s Day Stache Bash from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will include breakfast buffet, DJ, dancing, Irish bagpipes, games and mustache awards. For adults, $37 plus fees includes breakfast and bar, or $23 plus fees includes breakfast and non-alcoholic drinks. Children ages 6 to 12 get in for $15 plus fees, and kids 5 years and younger are free. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Carbondale lighted parade
The city of Carbondale will host a lighted parade downtown on Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m. to commemmorate the first St. Patrick’s Day parade held in Lackawanna County in 1833. The route will travel approximately five blocks along Main Street.

— brooke williams