Philadelphia has a rich Irish heritage, and the city has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day since 1771 when they held their first annual parade. In fact, the parade is the second oldest in the country, with New York City having the oldest. After over 240 years of continually running, the parade has grown very large with thousands of spectators and more than 20,000 participants. The festive procession features more than 150 groups, like marching bands, performance groups and Irish associations. Usually, it is held each year on the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day/March 17, unless the holiday falls directly on a Sunday; however, this year, the parade will take place on March 10, 2013, with the theme being “The Philadelphia Irish Memorial: A Decade Of Remembrance.” Starting at 11am at 16th and JFK Boulevard, the procession makes its way down the Ben Franklin Parkway. For the best views, park yourself at Logan Circle or the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Click here for a map of the parade route.
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