City cel­e­brates St. Pa­trick’s Day

City’s an­nual St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade set for Satur­day

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDI­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570- 628- 6002

The cul­ture of Ireland will be the rea­son For you to en­ter the only city of the Coal Re­gion Wit­ness a sea of green And the busi­nesses in be­tween For a cel­e­bra­tion of a saint’s day and the start of the next sea­son!

The An­cient Or­der of Hiber­ni­ans JFK Div. 2 will present the Pottsville St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade at 11 a. m. Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to Dan Koury, AOH mem­ber.

“We start the day with a Mass at 8 o’clock at St. Pa­trick’s Church, and then at 9 o’clock there’s a buf­fet breakfast at Trip­pin’ Bil­lie in Pottsville and that’s where we present our plaque to the grand mar­shal,” who this year is District At­tor­ney Mike O’Pake, he said.

After breakfast, the or­ga­niz­ers will meet with marchers at 10 a. m. and start march­ing the route at 11.

“It starts at 12th and Mar­ket streets, pro­ceeds down to Sec­ond Street, then it turns right on Sec­ond, and goes to Ma­han­tongo Street, then back down to Cen­tre, then north on Cen­tre and ends at the Hu­mane Fire Com­pany,” Koury said. “It’s an an­nual event that goes off with­out a hitch ev­ery year.… It’s been a sta­ple in the area,” Koury said.

The pa­rade, which started in 1975, will be fol­lowed by The Grand Ir­ish Party at Hu­mane Fire Com­pany from noon un­til 4: 30 p. m. Tick­ets for the party are $ 25 at the door. Ad­vance tick­ets are $ 20 and avail­able at Mur­phy Jewel­ers, at the fire­house or by con­tact­ing Koury. Food, bev­er­ages and en­ter­tain­ment by Celt­heart are in­cluded in the ticket price; they have been ser­e­nad­ing par­ty­go­ers since 2001.

How­ever, the fire com­pany isn’t the only or­ga­ni­za­tion that ben­e­fits fromthe an­nual event, es­pe­cially with the on­go­ing down­town re­vi­tal­iza­tion ef­forts.

“The pa­rade has be­come a big deal for sev­eral of the other busi­nesses in town, and they take ad­van­tage of the fact that there’s peo­ple in town, and peo­ple fromthe Hu­mane look for places to go through­out the town af­ter­ward,” Koury said.

Theweather fore­cast is call­ing for mild tem­per­a­tures, about 45 de­grees, with ab­so­lutely no chance of pre­cip­i­ta­tion.

“It’s a great­way to start the spring sea­son after the dol­drums of win­ter,” Koury said. “I think it’s an ap­pro­pri­ate March day for a pa­rade.”

And be­cause of the pa­rade, po­lice would like to re­mind mo­torists that therewill be tem­po­rary park­ing and travel re­stric­tions along the route, and par­tic­i­pants that all nor­mal state and city laws will be en­forced dur­ing the day.

The AOH would like to thank its spon­sors and donors for­mak­ing an­other pa­rade hap­pen.

Koury said hewould en­cour­age res­i­dents “to come out with the nice weather, and the fact it’s on St. Pa­trick’s Day. I think it’s a good op­por­tu­nity to spend a day in town, en­joy the pa­rade and the dif­fer­ent events that other es­tab­lish­ments are hav­ing aswell.”

“It’s a great way to start the spring sea­son after the dol­drums of win­ter. I think it’s an ap­pro­pri­ate March day for a pa­rade.” Dan Koury AOH mem­ber

ANDY MATSKO / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

John Dal­ton, Pottsville, marches with the An­cient Or­der of Hiber­ni­ans JFK Div. 2 dur­ing last year’s St. Pa­trick’s Day pa­rade. This year’s pa­rade kicks off at 11 a. m. Satur­day from 12th and Mar­ket streets.

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