The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pittsburgh has its good days, like the 70-degree beauty in 2012, and it’s bad ones, the blizzard of 1993, but one thing is certain: It’s going to happen either way.
The parade, which started in 1864 and has run consecutively since 1950, will step off near the Greyhound station on Liberty Avenue and make its way to the Post-Gazette building on Saturday with nearly 200 marching units, including bands, floats, politicians and groups from Irish and other ethnic communities.
After all, everyone is Irish at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
This year’s grand marshal is Martin Madigan of Hampton, a founding member of the Irish Society for Education and Charities, former Pennsylvania State president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and retiree from the Allegheny County Register of Wills Office.
POTTSTOWN, PA — In this town, the axiom is simple, ask and you will receive.
Just two days after announcing another $4,000 is needed to put on the Pottstown Halloween Parade, $2,600 in donations and pledges have been received.
The parade — co-sponsored by the Pottstown Rotary Club, AMBUCS and the Pottstown Parks and Recreation Department — requires about $4,700 to stage each year, primarily to pay the costs of police protection.
Christmas in the post-War United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
About 3,500 proud participants will march down Penn Street this Saturday in the Reading Holiday Parade, presented by the Downtown Improvement District.
The Reading Police Honor Guard will lead the parade as it kicks off at 9 a.m. from City Park at 11th and Penn streets. The Reading High School Marching Band will be the first of 10 school bands to fill the air with music.
When the parade arrives at Fifth and Penn streets, it will stop briefly while Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer lights the Christmas tree and the Menorah. Then the parade will continue to its conclusion at Second and Penn streets.
“We expect more than 11,000 spectators,” said Barb Tarczynski, who celebrates her 25th year as parade chairperson this year.
WEST CHESTER – With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to bundle up for the annual Old Fashioned Christmas Parade in downtown West Chester.
The parade, sponsored by MARS Drinks, will be on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:15 p.m.
According to Katie Doherty, president of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, more than 25,000 people attended last year’s event and organizers expect even more people to pack the streets this year. 19 marching bands will appear in the parade!
The annual Harrisburg Holiday Parade will take place in downtown Harrisburg on Saturday, November 20th.
The parade starts on City Island at 10 a.m., then travels over the Market Street bridge into downtown Harrisburg.
The parade, which marks the beginning of the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Day holiday season, will feature an appearance by Santa Claus, commercial floats, marching bands, giant helium balloons and specialty units.
If you are looking for some family fun this Saturday, check out the Harrisburg Holiday Parade.
So tonight was the cavalcade at PHS. I only was able to catch the last half. There were alot of bands this year. It started at 6 and ended at 10 with The Boyertown Alumni Marching Unit and The Pottstown High School Trojan Marching Band in exibition. Both were awesome!
I haven’t seen Pottstown in a long time and they were really good. Nice size (100), big sound and very innovative marching. The drumline is killer!!! It reminded me of the movie “Drumline”.
I was very proud of our high school tonight. People have their opinions I suppose but the music program is excellent! The Middle School Band was supposed to be there as well but I missed the first two hours. My main goal was to see PHS and Boyertown Alumni was icing on the cake!
According the the PSD website –
“Recently the Pottstown High School Trojan Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Michael Vought, earned first place honors at the Exeter/Daniel Boone Fall Band Classic.”
“Also receiving recognition for their outstanding performance was the percussion section which received an outstanding award.”