Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The city of will hold its 34th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16. The parade route will begin at South Main and South streets and will travel along South Main to Public Square, around the F.M. Kirby Center and end at the intersection of North Main and Union streets.
All ages are welcome to enjoy the parade activities and performances throughout the day. Children are invited to Barnes & Noble College Bookstore for a St. Patrick’s Day story hour at noon. Just Plain Crazy Face Art will also be available at noon on Public Square with parade themed artwork for children and adults.
Editor’s note: Can you say cha-ching for downtown Phoenixville merchants. These kinds of regular events are essential for revitalization. So what happened in downtown Pottstown for St. Patrick’s Day? Were there hundreds of people celebrating, dozens or just the usual suspects loitering at the clock tower watching the crickets and tumbleweeds roll down High Street? You say, “But we don’t have an Irish Pub?” I say, “We could if someone actively recruited more restaurants and stores to fill High Street.” Marketing, marketing, marketing!
PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. — The streets of Phoenixville were filled with the spirit of the Irish Saturday as thousands donned their green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
The festive mood continued inside of Bridge Street favorite Molly Maguire’s Irish Restaurant & Pub.
General Manager Neil Bonner said his favorite part of St. Patrick’s Day is being surrounded by good people.
“Everyone comes out just to have a good time and they all get to be just a little bit Irish for a day,” he explained.
Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty received a letter from the White House inviting him and his wife to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the President and First Lady. Mayor Doherty was surprised by the invitation. V.P. Joe Biden was born in Scranton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s father was born in Scranton, so there is a Scranton connection in Washington, D.C.
In March of 2008, during the presidential primary, then Senator Obama spoke at the Irish Women’s Dinner at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel in downtown Scranton. In April of 2008, Senator Obama returned to Scranton for a meal at the Glider Diner. Mayor Doherty supported Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary and raised money for her campaign
It should be noted that Scranton’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is reported to be the fourth largest in the United States. 150,000 people pack Scranton for the parade and festivities. The good news is that the parade in Scranton will be on March 12th so Mayor Doherty will still be in town for the celebration.
In 2008 Hillary Clinton was Grand Marshall for the parade. Mayor Doherty would like the President or Vice President to come to Scranton and be Grand Marshall of their parade.
Congratulations to Mayor Doherty for this high honor.