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St. Patrick’s Day activities in Central PA


February 27, 2018

Everyone’s Irish for St. Patrick’s Day! We’ve highlighted some great local and road-trip worthy St. Patrick’s Day events, from parades and concerts to a couple of over 21 events for mom and dad.

Parades

What makes a great St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Plenty of floats, bagpipes, Irish dancing and great luck!

Scranton’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Sat., March 10, 11:45 a.m. Scranton has the largest percentage of Irish-Americans of any city in Pennsylvania, and its nationally acclaimed St. Patrick’s Day parade is the second largest in the country (Savannah’s is the biggest) as measured by number of participants to number of residents. They’ll have more than 12,000 participants processing in this annual “rite of spring.”

Philadelphia’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Sun., March 11, Noon. Held since 1771, today it’s the largest Philadelphia parade by number of participants, with approximately 20,000. More than 200 groups are represented, with floats, marching bands, dance groups, youth groups and Irish associations. The parade route is Broad St. to City Hall, then along Market St. to Penns Landing.

35th Annual York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Sat., March 17, 1 p.m. Starts at the corner of Market and Penn streets and proceeds east on Market to Duke Street. The parade will feature some 100 organizations, including floats, Irish bands and dance groups and antique vehicles.

The Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Sun., March 18, 2 p.m. Organized for the second year by the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, the parade will feature pipe and drum bands, marching bands, floats, Irish dance groups and much more.

 

Theater/Performance

Get your Irish on with a musical or concert!

The Irish and How they Got That Way. The Fulton Theatre, through March 18; show times are 2, 7:30 or 8 p.m., depending upon day; see website for details. The Fulton’s The Tell Studio Theatre transforms into a working Irish pub for this jovial musical, with text written by the late Frank McCourt. It’s a moving, uplifting, eye-opening musical history lesson full of charm and a bit of blarney, with great music including “Toora Loora Loora,” “Danny Boy,” and “I Still haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Tickets are $45 and are selling quickly.

Club 42: The Seamus Egan Project. The Ware Center, Millersville University. Friday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. Bandleader of Philadelphia-based Solas, the preeminent Irish-American band of their generation, Egan brings friends to share the stage in his latest creative endeavor, fusing hits from the iconic band with new tunes that continue to explore “the farther reaches of the Irish tradition and beyond.” $20.

Celtic Woman: Homecoming Tour. The American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Hwy E., Lancaster, April 6 & 7, 8 p.m. Both an accomplished recording ensemble and a world-class performing collective, Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage, while continuing its remarkable legacy of introducing some of Ireland’s most talented singers and musicians onto the world stage. $89.

 

‘Over 21’

Book your sitter now, take advantage of that Uber app.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, Fri., March 16, 6-10 p.m. The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick’s annual fundraiser, benefiting the Elizabeth Loranzo I Care Foundation. $30; ticket price includes food, wine and draft beer, plus entertainment—including Irish dancers from the McGinley School of Irish Dance.

The King Street Seisiún. Annie Baily’s Irish Pub & Tellus360, East King St., Lancaster, Sun., March 18, 9 a.m.-midnight. Sure, St. Patrick’s Day is over, but you can still get celebrate in green style at Lancaster’s favorite Irish block party. With live Irish music, classic Irish food and plenty of beer and whiskey. It’s moved indoors this year–both pubs will have live music, grub and great beer all day long, no tickets necessary.

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