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