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At this time of the winter season it has lost its allure for a majority of the population. One technique for surviving these last days is looking ahead and making plans for spring. Will you be putting in a garden or maybe riding your bicycle again?

Saint Patrick’s Day is a special day for wearing green and the taste of cabbage and corned beef. The holiday is also time for a parade with many all across the country and around the world to choose. Atlantic City Saint Patrick's Day Parade will be Saturday March 15th 2014 at 1:00 PM. The parade travels along world famous Atlantic City Boardwalk with 2014 Grand Marshal Frank Ferry and Tom Flynn. It is planned a festival of color, fun and music with bagpipes, local high school marching bands, string bands, Irish step dancers and floats. The route starts at Revel Casino terminating at Albany Avenue.

In 1986 the owner of Circle Tavern, Al McMahon organized Atlantic City’s first Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Supported by several tavern owners, the Irish Cultural Society, and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick joined in the parade. At first it had 1,000 participants attended by 35,000 people.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17th, named after the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (AD 385-461). The holiday is celebrated around the world but a public holiday in Ireland, Newfoundland, Labrador and Montserrat. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day since the 17th century. A three-leaved shamrock symbolized the Holy Trinity for pagan Irish.

Atlantic City is on 8.1-mile long Absecon Island, population of 39,558. Incorporating in 1854 the city is amid those of Ventnor, Margate and southwest Longport. It is 127 miles south of New York City and 62 miles southwest of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. With landfall of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 the city came into news.

Atlantic City Boardwalk is the key element tying together community attractions of the seaside resort. National Geographic has called it the grandfather of boardwalks. The 10 feet wide boardwalk was dedicated in 1870 at a cost of $5,000.

The 1889 hurricane destroyed the boardwalk with its replacement 24 feet wide, 4 miles long and 10-foot high railings on each side. Further refinements in coming years improved its aesthetic and structural integrity. Currently the boardwalk begins north at Absecon Inlet, running along the beach in a southwest direction four miles to the city limit. It then stretches 1.5 miles into Ventnor City.

Atlantic City is a 400 miles drive from Rochester NY with a 6.5 hour drive. Drive east on I-90 at Syracuse take US 81 south to Scranton PA, then US 476 south to US 76 into downtown Philadelphia. Then take Atlantic City Expressway into Atlantic City.
If you are looking for a new parade this year why not celebrate the holiday and visit Atlantic City?

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