Save the Date

Parade Day is Saturday March 19th!

Join us in downtown Scranton to celebrate the day when everyone is Irish!

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Parade Day Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral begins at 10am.

The Brian P Kelly memorial 2 mile footrace starts at 11am.

The parade steps off at 11:45am.

We are the second largest parade in the country*. Every year over 12,000 participants provide entertain for all.

If you like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or simply like to celebrate, come join us in Scranton. Since 1962 the St. Patrick’s Parade Day Association of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania has conducted this nationally acclaimed parade the weekend before the feast of St. Patrick. The “rite of spring” provides enormous stimulation for the young and young-at-heart.

*For cities with a population over 50,000 as measured by participants per population of the city, Savannah, GA is first.

About the Parade

The Saint Patrick’s parade in Scranton boasts 12,000 participants, including multiple bagpipe, high school and string bands. The parade is enhanced by many floats and large balloons. Many Irish groups and societies are also represented. It has been going on annually since 1962 and is organized by the St. Patrick’s Parade Association of Lackawanna County. The parade has received national attention as being one of the better St. Patrick’s parades. The parade route begins on Wyoming Ave in front of St. Peter’s Cathedral, proceeds to Lackawanna Ave. over Jefferson Ave. then down Spruce St to get to Washington Ave. where it passes the William J. Nealon Federal building and finally the reviewing stand.

The parade is preceded by the Parade Day mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Brian Kelly Memorial race.

St. Patrick’s Parade Association of Lackawanna County does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Parade Route

The Parade route starts at Mulberry St and Wyoming Ave. Marchers head towards Linden St and then take a left onto Lackwanna Ave. Lackawanna Ave turns into Jefferson and then the route turn left onto Spruce St.  After a final right turn onto North Washington, the parade passes the reviewing booth near the corner of North Washington and Linden St.  The parade ends at the corner of North Washington and Vine.

Brian P. Kelly Race Info

Start: 11:00 a.m. SHARP on the day of the parade. The race will immediately start at 11 am so that all runners will have time to pass the turn-around point quick enough so that the race does not hold up the parade.

Race: This race is the first event of the season and is the oldest road race in the Scranton Area.

Course: This is a 2 mile course. The course is relatively flat with some gently rolling hills. The course will be run entirely on the parade route (see parade route map). It will be an out and back course. Notice: please stay to the right at all times so you don’t interfere with the other runners. It will start right in front of the Scranton Cultural Center (420 N Washington Ave) and follow the parade route backwards to the 1 mile turnaround point in front of St Peter’s Cathedral (Wyoming and Linden). The race will finish back in front of the Scranton Cultural Center. The course route is subject to review and approval of the Race Director. Should changes be made, they will be announced prior to the start.

Registration: Registration on the day of the race, will be from 9 am to 10:30 a.m. at Lackawanna College Student Union Center (the old CYC) 600 Jefferson. Registration will end promptly so that runners will have time to get to the starting line. Runners who pre-registered will pick up their race numbers and t-shirts at this time and place. Preregistration will end a week prior to the Race. Souvenir T-shirts are provided by our sponsors and will be given to the first 150 registered runners.

Scranton Running Co. will host a Friday Packet Pickup for preregistered runners the day before the race from 10am-7pm. Scranton Running Company 3 West Olive Street, Scranton, PA 18508.

Cost of pre-registration is $12, Race day registration is $15
Online registration is availalbe below.
A printable form with mailing instructions is available by clicking here.

Finish: The awards ceremony will be held in Lackawanna College Student Union Center (the old CYC) 600 Jefferson right after the race and is expected to conclude no later than 12:00 p.m., so that you can enjoy the parade.

Awards: Medals will be awarded to the top 2 male and female runners in the following age categories: 12 and under, 13-17, 18-22, 23-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 65+..

Rain Date: If the parade is postponed due to severe weather, the race will also be postponed and held on the same day. Listen to your local radio stations for any special announcements.

Brian P. Kelly was the 2004 St. Patrick’s Parade Association President who lost a 1.5 year battle with cancer on January 24, 2004. Proceeds from the race benefit a scholarship fund for Norah Kelly, Mr. Kelly’s daughter.

Race Directors: Mike O’Malley and Robert Kern
Assistant Race Director: Dan King

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