Saturday, March 11, 2023

Pottsville Celebrates Irish Pride with St. Patrick's Day Parade

After a 3-year hiatus, Pottsville's St. Patrick's Day Parade returned to the city.

Just as in year's past, everyone came out wearing their green ready to celebrate.

This year's parade was sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Pottsville and the Pottsville Business Association.

The parade kicked off at 11:0am on Market Street, traveled through Garfield Square to 2nd Street, to Mahantango Street, and down Centre Street.

It featured music from two bagpipe bands, the Nittany Highlanders and the Hawk Mountain Highlanders, two high school bands from Pottsville Area and North Schuylkill, and even some polka from north of the mountain from the Shenandoah All Star Polka Band.

Dance Groups from the Crimson Academy, Schuylkill County Ballet, and Sabo School of Irish Dance.

This year's Grand Marshals were John O’Reilly and Patrick M. “Porcupine Pat” McKinney.

Other groups participating were Leiby's Carriage Services, Jeep Enthusiasts of Eastern PA, Winter Carnival Court, Ms. United States Agriculture, State Representative Tim Twardzik and Congressman Dan Meuser, Hillside SPCA, Schuylkill County Scream Queens, Avenues, Mayor Dave Clews and City Council, Vietnam Veterans from Port Carbon, County Commissioner Gary Hess, the Pottsville Police Department and Fire Department.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians from Girardville and Kaska also joined in the parade.

The parade disbanded in the area of the Schuylkill County Courthouse but the party didn't stop there.

Downtown businesses like Pilger Ruh Brewery, the Crimson House, Tres, and the Good Intent Fire Company all hosted events to keep the energy alive through the afternoon.