Massive crowds turnout for St. Patrick’s Parade afterparties

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(WBRE/ WYOU)- The festivities continue long after the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade ended.

Music, dancing, and a whole lot of people proudly wearing green. These New York City firefighters say they have been coming down to Scranton for the big day for the last 5 years.

“It’s a beautiful town. We love coming here. You guys just show a lot of respect. And it’s a great party. And everyone is super friendly,” Rich Varela, a New York City firefighter

While these first timer’s came up from Schuylkill County to join in the fun.

“For heather’s birthday. We always celebrate saint patty’s day for her birthday,” Joe Szeliga and Heather Price of Schuylkill County said.

Kildare’s Irish Pub owner, Dave Magrogan says he enjoys getting to meet the people who bask in the Irish culture at his bar.

“My favorite part is watching the parking lot go from empty to entirely full. When I go up to the roof deck I take a picture every hour and it’s just amazing to see the sea of people,” Magrogan said.

And a sea of green for the business. The pub has been involved for the last 11 years. Macgrogan says it is easily the busiest day of year. Managers at Hilton Hotel agree.

“I love it for the excitement. The people you meet. And every year it’s different but we have our regular customers that come each year as well. And people talk about it from how until next parade day,” Carrie heater, restaurant supervisor of Hilton Hotel said.

The Hilton says they start getting calls as early as the next day from people planning to attend next year’s events.


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