’2nd Oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Country’
St. Patrick’s Day is a huge celebration, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Philadelphia is just as much of a big deal considering the history. The Parade will take place on March 12 at noon.
History of the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in Philadelphia was in 1771 and is the 2nd oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country. Just think that this first took place 5 years prior to the Declaration of Independence ever being signed. New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the oldest, which started in 1766.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Philadelphia Experience & Atmosphere
The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade will feature nearly 200 different groups with over 20,000 participants who will march down Ben Franklin Parkway. The theme for this years parade will be, ‘St. Patrick, Protect and Guide Our Police Officers’ and the Grand Marshall will be Barney Boyce.
The 247th St. Patrick’s Parade will begin at 11:15 am from 16th and JFK Boulevard and makes its way down Ben Franklin Parkway towards City Hall, with a performing area between 6th and 5th streets on Market St, while finishing at Penn’s Landing! Parade Route & Staging Area
The parade is to include marching bands, floats, Irish Associations, music dance groups, and much more. There should be a lot of excitement for all, especially for those celebrating their Irish heritage. There will also be food vendors and vendors selling Irish knick-knacks along the parade route.
Prior to the parade there will be a Commemorative Parade Mass at St. Patrick’s Church (20th and Locust streets) at 9:15 am. The mass will include a procession of the parade’s grand marshal and board members, as well as the Emerald City Pipe Band.
Best Places to Watch the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade Live
The main thing is that you want to show up early, because crowds should gather quickly. Some of the more popular spots to watch the parade would be the starting point at 16th and JFK Boulevard, around City Hall, many spots along Market Street and Penn’s Landing, where the parade will end.
If you can’t make the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade, it will be televised live from noon pm to 3 pm on FOX 29. The parade will then re-air on March 17, 2017 - St. Patrick’s Day - on FOX 29 from noon to 3 pm.
Philadelphia is known for its parades, to include the Mummer’s parade and the Thanksgiving Day parade. You will not want to miss this Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 13, so put on that green and head into the City of Philadelphia. Erin go Bragh
16th & JFK Boulevard | Starting Point
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Date & Time
March 12, 2017 | 11:15 am – 3:00 pm
Mass Starts at 9:15 am at St. Patrick’s Church at 20th & Locust
Note: Don’t forget to turn your clock one hour forward on March 12 for Daylight Savings Time.
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