York St Patricks Parade
Written on February 10, 2016
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The York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is held annually on the Saturday before Saint Patrick’s Day (except when March 17th falls on a Saturday, in which case the parade will be held on the actual holiday).
The parade steps off at 1 p.m. from Market and Penn Streets (in front of the Penn Street Farmers Market) and proceeds east on Market to Duke Street (in front of the Yorktowne Hotel), with several related activities planned for before and after the parade. The parade is organized by the York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, a not-for-profit volunteer organization.
The parade is funded through corporate sponsorships, entry fees, and several fundraising activities held throughout the year. A variety of marketing opportunities are available; please contact us at YorkStPatParade (at) gmail.com or (717) 578-0146 if you would like to help support this family-friendly community event and receive marketing benefits in return — we can tailor to meet your needs. The parade is organized by an all-volunteer organization and we need community support in order to continue.
Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.
In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick’s Day is a very big deal. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, “wearing of the green,” music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green!