In Harrisburg, St. Patrick's Day is not quite over. While March 17th is the day to celebrate all things Irish, Harrisburg's St. Patrick's Day parade extends the holiday until Saturday, March 20th.
The Harrisburg St. Patrick's Day parade is presented by the Harrisburg St. Patrick's Day Parade Association. By a request of the mayor of Harrisburg, the St. Patrick's Day Parade Association was formed to plan an annual event to promote the heritage and culture of the Irish community. Each year the parade involves approximately 90 groups and is seen by 25,000 people.
The parade may be the main focus of the Harrisburg St. Patrick's Day Parade Association, but the group is far more than that. It has expanded to become a year-round resource for students, educators, and parents. The Association now provides opportunities for on-going cultural, religious, historical, economic, and political issues tied to Irish heritage in Central Pennsylvania. To meet these goals, the Association organizes guest lecturers, dance demonstrations, community open-forums, discussion panels, and historical and heritage-based instruction throughout the year.
The Harrisburg St. Patrick's Day parade kicks off at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, beginning at Walnut Street and Commonwealth Avenue. The parade will feature six local school bands, including Bishop McDevitt High School, Middletown High School, Lower Dauphin MIddle School, Elizabethtown Middle School, and Central York Middle School, and Harrisburg High School. To bring an authentic musical feel to the parade, many professional Irish bands will be marching, including John F. Nicoli Pipe Band, Celtic United Pipes and Drums, Trenton AOH Band, Lochiel Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, Hanover Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps, Irish American String Band, and the Susquehanna Pipes and Drums.
For more information on the parade and the Harrisburg St. Patrick's Day Parade Association, visit their website.