Philadelphia St Patricks Parade
Written on February 10, 2016
The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association is excited to announce our new partnership with Fox 29 Philadelphia who will bring the Philadelphia St Patricks Parade in people’s home throughout Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will be held from 12noon through 3pm,
We want to thank our partner CBS3 for our many years together; we cannot say enough good things about CBS3 and their team.
The FOX 29 team has been friends with our Irish Community for many years and has been supportive of our events, organizations and causes. We are incredibly excited to work with them this year to put on a parade and celebration that continues to showcase the true essence of our Irish culture and heritage, of which we are so incredibly proud.
St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association Board
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.