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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in NEPA
Posted: March 7, 2023
NEPA Goes All Out for St. Patrick’s Day
Around here, the St. Paddy’s traditions are as deep as the Irish roots.
It’s the time of year when bagpipers, step dancers and floats take over the city streets and the sidewalks become a sea of green. Break out the clover print and the old “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” pin, even if it’s not entirely true, because here in NEPA, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all month long.
Irish or not, you won’t want to miss out on the shenanigans. Stop by one of NEPA’s classic Irish pubs for food and festive music. And, of course, don’t forget to get in on the craic at this year’s St. Patrick’s parades, festivals and other events.
St. Patrick’s Parades & Festivals:
Pottsville St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 11 at 11 a.m.
Pottsville kicks off St. Patrick’s festivities with a bang…literally. The lineup includes pipe & drum bands, Irish step dancers and even a few horses. The festivities don’t end with the parade. Stop in a local bar or restaurant for some live music and drinks.
St. Patrick's Parade Day Party 2023
March 11 at 11 a.m.
The streets aren’t the only place to party on parade day. The Scranton Cultural Center hosts its very own free admission celebration complete with live music from Kilrush and guest appearances from parade participants.
Scranton St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 11 at 11:45 a.m.
Everyone is Irish on the Electric City’s biggest day. With the second largest parade in the country, you can count on Scranton to party hard for St. Paddy’s. Start the day with an early mass or a 2-miler along the parade route before snagging your spot.
Kilts on Wheels Pub Crawl
March 11 at 12 p.m.
The Jim Thorpe Trolley Company makes St. Patrick’s celebrations fun, easy and safe with this hop-on/hop-off tour of downtown Lehighton’s hottest bars, pubs and restaurants. All attendees receive complimentary swag bags and designated drivers get a free mocktail.
March 11 at 7 p.m.
You might just find a pot of gold at Leprechaun Madness. After the parades end and the streets clear, the party moves to The Keystone Stage where a lineup of DJs and musicians keep the fun going all night.
March 11 at 8 p.m.
Catching a performance from Kilmaine Saints has become a St. Patrick’s staple in NEPA. Members of the Harrisburg Pipe & Drum Band and a few notable local musicians bring high energy to Mauch Chunk Opera House.
A Bit O' Blarney
March 12 at 2 p.m.
Get in touch with your Irish heritage as you spend the afternoon listening to Leprechaun lore and enjoying an incredible performance from the Windwood Hill Academy step dancers. The whole family can honor the Emerald Isle at Church Street Marketplace.
Wilkes-Barre City's 43rd St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 12 at 2 p.m.
Get to the Square early and grab your spot in front of Boscov’s for the 43rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. From local marching bands and dancers to floats sponsored by businesses and organizations, you’ll see plenty of familiar faces decked out in green.
March 12 at 4:30 p.m.
After the Wilkes-Barre streets are cleared, round up your group to keep the post-parade party rolling at the Mines Underground. Donnybrook delivers the performance, you just have to bring the energy and excitement.
March 14 at 7 p.m.
Headbanging and step dancing are both appropriate reactions at a Dropkick Murphys concert. The Mohegan Sun Arena hosts the Boston natives for a special St. Patrick’s performance.
The BIG St. Patty's Day Party
March 17 at 4 p.m.
Shenanigans are in full swing at The 80s Bar this St. Patrick’s Day. Stop in for a whole evening of specialty cocktails, festive games and tunes from DJ Blizzard.
St. Patrick's Day at The Inn
March 17 at 5 p.m.
Slow things down and enjoy a traditional Irish meal at The Settlers Inn. The menu includes classic corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips and plenty of Guinness to go around. And with music from the Blarney Boys, you’ll feel just like you’re in a Dublin pub.
St. Patrick's Day at Glass
March 17 at 5 p.m.
Join Glass for a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Enjoy live music from John “Patrick” Curtin while feasting on traditional Irish fare.
March 17 at 8 p.m.
The Tartan Terrors are triple Irish threats. From world-class hardcore Celtic musicians and Highland dancers to keen comedians, this group knows how to put on a show. Get in the spirit as they bring the craic to Mauch Chunk Opera House.
March 17 – 19 (Show Times Vary)
With reimagined choreography, sets and costumes, the beloved show is given new life in 2023. Riverdance runs at the Broadway Theatre all weekend, so you have a few chances to catch the riveting show.
Stroudsburg St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 19 at 1:15 p.m.
The PIAC hosts Stroudsburg’s 44th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. From Stroudsburg High School to the city’s Municipal Building, celebrate with local bands, organizations and entertainers. And keep an eye out for the special guest Grand Marshal.
Celtic Beer Dinner
March 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day the way it was meant to be: with a few pints. Get a brewery tour before enjoying a five-course Celtic dinner with special beer pairings.
Girardville Saint Patrick's Day Parade
March 25 at 12 p.m.
This town might be small, but its Irish heritage is strong. The Girardville Saint Patrick’s Day Parade features a brigade of marching bands, dancers, themed floats and so much more.
Classic Irish Pubs
Just about every NEPA neighborhood has its own Irish pub or restaurant. Keep post-parade celebrations rolling with holiday specials or settle in for a traditional, hearty feast at one of these 15 classic NEPA pubs.
Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 3/3/2022.
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