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Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017

Written on February 9, 2016

Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017

Saturday March 18, 2017

Welcome to Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017!

Saturday March 18, 2017

17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Harrisburg

Register Now!

Bring non-perishable food items to the Parade to benefit The Central PA Food Bank.
Look for collection barrels along the Parade route.

Capital Region Association
of Irish and Celts
P.O. BOX 6344
Harrisburg, PA 17112
(717) 889-8317 (voice mail)

Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians.

According to different versions of his life story it is said that he was born in Britain, around 385AD. His parents Calpurnius and Conchessa were Roman citizens living in either Scotland or Wales. As a boy of 14 he was captured and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery herding sheep. He returned to Ireland in his 30s as a missionary among the Celtic pagans.

Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”

Many folk ask the question ‘Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland ?’ The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.

In the custom known as “drowning the shamrock”, the shamrock that has been worn on a lapel or hat is put in the last drink of the evening.