Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Hosted by the Allentown St. Patrick’s Parade Committee
Ancient Order of Hibernians
Several Divisions of the Ancient Order of Hibernians march in the Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is a Catholic, Irish American Fraternal Organization. The Order can trace its roots back to a parent organization which has existed in Ireland for over 300 years.
AOH Tír na nÓg Div 1 Lehigh County
Members of Ancient Order of Hibernians Tír na nÓg Div 1 Lehigh County will meet at the corner of 19th St. and Liberty Streets at 1:00 PM. For more information Contact Us
Massed Bands Exhibition – Parade Day at 1:00 PM
A Massed Bands Exhibition will take place immediately before the Parade at 1:00 PM on North 19th Street between Tilghman and Liberty Streets. All pipe bands will perform in unison under the direction of Drum Major Jason Litz. After the Parade the pipe bands will proceed to a Pub Crawl Sponsoring pub to perform additional tunes.
Allentown St. Patrick’s Parade – 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
The Allentown St. Patrick’s Parade will begin its march at 1:30 pm. The parade route will form at the Fairgrounds track near the Liberty and 19th Streets gate (Main Gate vicinity). The Parade will proceed West on Liberty, turn North on 19th Street, West on Tilghman Street to 25th Street, South on 25th Street to Liberty Street, then East on Liberty Street and disband at the Fairgrounds 19th Street gate. The Parade will be led by the King and Queen, riding in a white coach drawn by a team of Belgium horses.
Message us for more information on the Allentown St. Patrick’s Parade or visit www.allentownstpatricksparade.com
About Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland”, he is the primary patron saint of Ireland along with Saints Brigit and Columbia.
The dates of Patrick’s life cannot be fixed with certainty but, on a widespread interpretation, he was active as a missionary in Ireland during the second half of the fifth century. He is generally credited with being the first bishop of Armagh, Primate of Ireland. Learn More
About the Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Around the turn of the century the sixth ward in Allentown was the heart of the Irish community. There was a Young Men’s Temperance Society and the Hibernia Fire Company Social Club where many Irishmen belonged for social activities, a number of which took place on or around St. Patrick’s Day.
In 1955 a committee of business and political leaders formed a St. Patrick’s Day Observance Society. By 1958, the parade was large enough to run from 12th & Hamilton to the Immaculate Conception Church on Ridge Ave.
Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade Route
The Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be beginning at the Allentown Fairgrounds, proceeding north from 19th and Liberty Streets, West on Tilghman St, South on 25th St, and East on Liberty St.
Download a PDF version of the parade route here.
Some of the Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Events require tickets which are available by clicking here.
Consider joining the Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and volunteer at one of our events leading up to the Parade as well as a Parade Day volunteer! The rewards are endless!
If you are interested in being a Marshall please contact Phil Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer sign-ups for the parade will be posted in January. In the meantime, click here to go to the contact page on the Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade Webiste and let Phil and the crew know that you can help out.
The Parade is hosting a food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley. The Parade is partnering with several local businesses and the Minsi Trails Council to help collect food the day of the parade. Cub Scouts will be walking in the Parade collecting donations from spectators.
The Food Drive will kick off at the annual Parade fundraiser being held at Christopher’s Restaurant at the Knights of Columbus. See our events calendar for more details. 2
Donations will also be taken at the Coronation Celebration and the Irish Cultural Community Day. The Parade is asking all spectators of the Parade to bring a nonperishable food item to donate.