Williamsport St Patricks Parade
Written on February 10, 2016
Here in Williamsport, Pennsylvania we are celebrating our Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade… The Parade will kick off at the corner of Campbell and Fourth Streets, (use the map above if you aren’t familiar with the area), at 2pm. It will march east to Market Street through the heart of downtown Williamsport. The Parade will feature balloons, floats, marching units and bagpipers… wholesome and fun for the entire family. Afterwards visit the downtown shops and restaurants.
For those who want to include authentic Irish pubs in their weekend experience you will want to stop anytime of the day at the Shamrock Grill, 762 West 4th Street, (complete with bagpipers and Irish music all day) and Domers Bar and Grill at 1104 Grove Street. Trolleys will be running from 6:00pm through 2:00am.
So what are you waiting for? Get out your green, grab a friend, (or two, or three), and celebrate with us!
Sponsored by the City of Williamsport and iHeart Media…
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore and Russia. And now, for the fifth year, we bring the celebration to Williamsport!
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.