PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) It’s almost time for everyone to be Irish for a day and if you’ve ever driven down Main Street in Pittston, you get a good idea from the roads about when it’s coming.
For the last seven years, this city with a strong Italian heritage in the Wyoming Valley has been diversifying, revitalizing and showing their Irish side with their version of the St. Patrick’s parade.
“We have about 90 groups, four pipe and drum bands, lots of community groups, animal groups, different dancing groups,” said parade committee co-chair Sarah Donahue. “It’s a really nice variety of mascots and it will be really entertaining for kids and families.”
While the green center line along Main Street is tradition, the mayor’s office wanted to keep the disruption of Monday morning traffic to a minimum despite the leprechauns in the street.
“Obviously, nobody likes to be inconvenienced with traffic but I hope that most people do understand that it is for a really good purpose,” Donahue added.
The street isn’t the only thing getting a coat or two for the festivities. A building along Main Street that’s undergoing work is also getting a celebratory face-lift. Lawrence Meng, who owns and operates Larryz Splash Art, got the call to do a mural along the parade route and made time to get it done.
“I was really busy with another job but I said, no — I can’t let the kids down. I love making smiles on people’s faces. That’s what I do,” he said.
While the painting of the shamrocks that are a staple of Main Street in March will have to wait until Tuesday, all eyes are looking toward the weekend and showing just a bit of green… hopefully with no white or rain. It’s all about the celebration and feeling the luck of the Irish for a day.
“Oh yes, with the parade,” Meng added. “This a lot of beautiful energy. I love this.”
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