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March 08, 2024
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NEPA Goes All Out for St. Patrick’s Day

It’s the time of year when bagpipers, step dancers and floats take over the city streets and the sidewalks become a sea of green. Break out the clover print and the old “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” pin, even if it’s not entirely true, because here in NEPA, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all month long.

Irish or not, you won’t want to miss out on the shenanigans. Stop by one of NEPA’s classic Irish pubs for food and festive music. And, of course, don’t forget to get in on the craic at this year’s St. Patrick’s parades, festivals and other events.

St. Patrick’s Parades & Festivals:
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Jive Shamrock Lounge Pop Up Bar

Every Friday & Saturday at 5 p.m. through March 23 / March 16 & 17 at 12 p.m.

The Irish fun happens all month long at Jive Bar & Lounge during their immersive Shamrock pop up bar experience! Sip on specialty drinks and unwind in this green atmosphere with friends. Anyone can be Irish here!

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Leprechaun Loop 5k Run

Saturday, March 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Before you sip a green beer, start your day off with the Leprechaun Loop 5k on Main Street in downtown Pittston. Run or walk this loop in your best Irish attire!

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Pittston City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 2 at 11:30 a.m.

Get out your green for Pittston’s 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Catch Irish step dancers, Celtic music, and so much more. Round up your Irish crew and get in on the community fun.

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St. Patrick’s Parade Day Breakfast Buffet

Saturday, March 9 at 8 a.m.

Fuel up before parade day in Scranton at Cooper’s! Grab an omelette, a waffle and other breakfast specialties from the buffet. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are highly recommended for this get together!

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Scranton St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 9 at 11:45 a.m.

Everyone is Irish on the Electric City’s biggest day. With the second largest parade in the country, you can count on Scranton to party hard for St. Paddy’s. Start the day with an early mass or a 2-miler along the parade route before snagging your spot.

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Kilts on Wheels Pub Crawl

March 9 at 1 p.m.

The Jim Thorpe Trolley Company makes St. Patrick’s celebrations fun, easy and safe with this hop-on/hop-off tour of downtown Lehighton’s hottest bars, pubs and restaurants. All attendees receive complimentary swag bags, a half pint glass, and more.

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Kilmaine Saints

March 9 at 8 p.m.

Catching a performance from Kilmaine Saints has become a St. Patrick’s staple in NEPA. Members of the Harrisburg Pipe & Drum Band and a few notable local musicians bring high energy to Mauch Chunk Opera House.

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Wilkes-Barre’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 10 at 2 p.m.

Get to the Square early and grab your spot in front of Boscov’s for the 44th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. From local marching bands and dancers to floats sponsored by businesses and organizations, you’ll see plenty of familiar faces decked out in green.

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The StepCrew

Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

This dancing crew is coming to the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre! Blending Irish Stepdancing, Ottawa Valley stepdancing, and tap, this show is truly a one of a kind. The rhythmic beats and choreography will transport you from a grassy countryside in Ireland to a New York City street with each dance.

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Pottsville St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 16 at 11 a.m.

Pottsville kicks off St. Patrick’s festivities with a bang…literally. The lineup includes pipe & drum bands, Irish step dancers and even a few horses. The festivities don’t end with the parade. Stop in a local bar or restaurant for some live music and drinks.

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Tartan Terrors

March 16 at 8 p.m.

The Tartan Terrors are triple Irish threats. From world-class hardcore Celtic musicians and Highland dancers to keen comedians, this group knows how to put on a show. Get in the spirit as they bring the craic to Mauch Chunk Opera House.

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St. Patrick's Celebration

March 17 at 11:00 a.m.

Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day the way it was meant to be: with a few pints of their Green Paupack Cream Ales. Get in on a lucky charms eating contest and enjoy live music.

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St. Patrick's Day at The Inn

March 17 at 5 p.m.

Slow things down and enjoy a traditional Irish meal at The Settlers Inn. Enjoy delicious specialty menu items inside their quaint space. With music from the Blarney Boys, you’ll feel just like you’re in a Dublin pub.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

March 17 at 5 p.m.

Join Glass for a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Enjoy live music from John “Patrick” Curtin while feasting on traditional Irish fare.

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PIAC 45th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 24 at 1:15 p.m.

The PIAC hosts Stroudsburg’s 45th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. From Stroudsburg High School to the city’s municipal building, celebrate with local bands, organizations and entertainers. And keep an eye out for the special guest grand marshal.

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Poconos Sober St. Patrick’s Day

Sunday, March 24 at 4 p.m.

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in a safe, family-friendly environment at The Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg! Try some delicious Irish fare and listen to some live Irish tunes. Think corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, soda bread, dessert, and more.

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Classic Irish Pubs

Just about every NEPA neighborhood has its own Irish pub or restaurant. Keep post-parade celebrations rolling with holiday specials or settle in for a traditional, hearty feast at one of these classic NEPA pubs.

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Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 3/3/2022.

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