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St. Patrick's Day has a rich and storied history all throughout Pennsylvania from Scranton to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh


To all of our readers, Philly2Philly.com would like to wish all of you a Happy St. Patrick's Day! Many of you were smart and took off from work today to have some fun.  For those of us like yours truly, we're not so fortunate, but the work day will end soon enough before we can begin with the St. Patrick's Day 2010 festivities!

St. Patrick's Day has a storied history throughout America.  On this day everyone is Irish as they say.  However, Pennsylvania arguably has the richest tradition with St. Patrick's Day.

Philadelphia has had one of the longest-running St. Patrick's Day parades in the country dating back to 1771.  Anybody from our area knows that from Manayunk to Conshohocken to South Philly to Phoenixville and West Chester, there are a plethora of bars and pubs to choose from on this fine day.

On the other side of the state, Pittsburgh brings their A-game every year for St. Patrick's Day.  In fact, torrential rains didn't even put a damper on Pittsburgh's St. Patrick's Day festivities this year.

scranton parade day

Scranton has what is known as "Parade Day" on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day every year.  It is the fourth largest parade in the United States and is rife with drinking, fun, and debauchery.  Every year, thousands flood the northern PA town of Scranton for this wonderful tradition.

In addition, Jim Thorpe, PA has a huge tradition with St. Patrick's Day.

Other towns in PA to boast long storied traditions with St. Patrick's Day are Conshohocken, Allentown, Stroudsburg, and York.

Once again, Happy St. Patrick's Day from the staff of Philly2Philly.com! And, remember to have fun, but smart and most of all be safe.

Scranton Parade Day photo from http://www.electriccityr.com

Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day parade photo from http://philadelphiastpatsparade.com