The history of the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade stretches back further than the history of the entire nation. Years before the Founding Fathers would sit down and sign the Declaration of Independence, Irish immigrants led the charge for the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1771. It was filled with music, dancing, and more fun, just as it is today.
If you want to experience the now-iconic Philly St. Patrick’s Day Parade for yourself, mark your calendar for Sunday, March 10th. It may not technically be St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s close enough for you to get into the holiday spirit. Find a good viewing spot along Market Street before the parade commences at 11 a.m. More than 20,000 musicians, dancers, Irish association members, and other participants will stream down the street in honor of the day.