The City of Wilkes-Barre is making final preparations for its 38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Drivers should be advised that the following roads will be closed from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM:
•South Main Street from Dana Street through Public Square
•North Main Street from Public Square to Union Street
•Academy Street from South Franklin to South Main
•Hazle Street from South Main to South Washington
•Ross Streets from South Franklin to South Washington
•South Street from South Franklin to South Washington
•E. Northampton Street from South Franklin to South Washington
•East Market Street from South Washington St. to Public Square
•West Market Street from South Franklin Street to Public Square
There will be “No Parking” notices posted along the parade route. Vehicles will be ticketed and towed beginning at 1:00 PM.
To avoid towing and fines, parade spectators and participants are advised to adhere to both public and private “No Parking” Zones.
For the safety of everyone enjoying the parade, please stay behind all marked lines and barricades along the parade route.
The parade route, which begins at the intersection of South and South Main Streets, has been painted green. Participants are asked to line up at their designated position at 1:00 PM on Sunday, March 11, 2018. The Parade will begin promptly at 2:00PM.
•Begins on South Main Street at South Street
•Travels along South Main Street.
•Around Public Square towards East Market Street
•Ends at the intersection of North Main and Union Streets
The annual parade’s participants include local leaders, non-profit organizations, businesses, youth groups, pageant title holders, and local emergency response units. This year, there are over 80 groups participating, which total 1,300 participants.
The parade will be led by the 2018 Grand Marshal Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief James Jay Delaney. Chief Delaney has been employed by the City of Wilkes-Barre Fire Department for 36 years. Delaney started with the department in 1981 and has worked under five different Mayors and has held every rank in the Fire department from Paramedic to Fire Chief. As Fire Chief, Delaney leads 78 full time fire fighters and paramedics, and oversees the department’s $11 million budget. He is also Wilkes-Barre’s Emergency Management Coordinator. He will be joined at the parade by his family and friend, including his wife Valerie, their three children, and seven grandchildren.
This year’s live parade entertainment includes:
5 Pipe & Drum Bands
Wyoming Valley Pipe & Drum Band
Ceol Mor Pipe & Drum Band
Edward P. Maloney Memorial Pipe Band
Penn York Highlanders
Syracuse Scottish Pipe Band
2 Local Bands
Three Imaginary Boys
3 H.S. Marching Bands
GAR High School Marching Band
Meyers High School Marching Band
Coughlin High School Marching Band
5 Dance Groups
Scoil Rince Connemara Dancers
David Blight School of Dance
Encore School of Dance
The Conservatory of Dance
Tracey’s Academy of Dance
Service Electric Cable TV and Communications and WYLN TV 35 have partnered to broadcast live television coverage of the City of Wilkes-Barre 38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The pre-parade show begins at 2:00 PM with the parade to follow. The parade can be seen on Service Electric Cable TV and Communications Wilkes-Barre Channel 7, in addition to all of the WYLN TV 35 viewing area. For more details, please visitwww.wylntv.com.
Mayor George would like to thank to following businesses for their sponsorship of the parade:
BHW Construction Consultation Services
McCarthy Tire Service
Mohegan Sun Pocono
Petroleum Service Company
Times Leader Media Group
Visit Luzerne County
Elliot, Greenleaf & Dean
L.T. Verastro, Inc.
Marx Sheet Metal& Mechanical
Northeast Eagle Distributors
Northeast Cartage and Recycling
Service Electric Cable TV & Communications
Honesdale National Bank
W-B Twp American Legion Women’s Auxiliary
The Ice Cream Truck
Ladies Ancient Order of the Hibernians
Additionally, parade fencing is provided by Mountain Productions.