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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Philadelphia’s long-standing celebration of everything Irish

St. Patrick's Day Parade

A Philadelphia tradition since 1771, the St. Patrick's Day Parade — the second oldest in the country — is a celebration not to be missed. Credit: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia


Date & Time
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Parade begins at 12 p.m.

Note: The information below is from 2015. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.


The 245th St. Patrick’s Parade begins at 16th and JFK Boulevard before making its way down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway toward the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


The second oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country, Philadelphia’s annual celebration is one that should not be missed.

Philadelphia’s religious and cultural celebration of St. Patrick’s Day is the largest Philadelphia parade with approximately 20,000 participants who represent more than 150 groups including marching bands, music dance groups, youth groups, Irish associations, floats, flags and spectators in their green-bedecked finery.

Thousands of spectators line the Parkway to enjoy the Parade each year on the Sunday prior to St. Patrick’s Day. The first documented St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Parade in Philadelphia was held in 1771, marking more than 240 continuous years of celebrations.

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