Break out all things green; Lehigh Valley sure knows how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! We've rounded up a few must-see local events, bars fit for all things Irish and more.
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☘ St. Patrick's Day Parades ☘
Presented by the Celtic Culture Alliance, the Parade of Shamrocks travels throughout downtown Bethlehem annually. This year, the organization celebrates the 8th annual parade on Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m. The route begins at 10th Avenue & Broad St. continuing east to Main Street. After turning south on Main St., the parade continue to finish under the Hill to Hill Bridge.
You'll want to grab a prime viewing spot for this parade! Arrive early to claim the best views along Main Street in Bethlehem, particularly at the intersection of Main & Broad Streets. We recommend parking in one of the two parking decks on the city's North Side (75 W. North Street and 33 W. Walnut Street). Find more details about the Parade of Shamrocks here.
Recognized as the region's oldest Irish celebration, the Allentown St. Patrick's Parade steps off on Sunday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. Celebrating its 62nd year, this parade kicks off with a 5k race with nearly 1,000 runners taking to the streets. The parade route circles through Allentown's West End, starting and finishing at the Allentown Fairgrounds. Find more details about happenings in Allentown here.
☘ Raise a Glass: Local Celebrations ☘
Help support the Allentown St. Patrick's Parade by participating in their annual Pub Crawl on Saturday, March 9. Bars throughout Allentown's West End participate in this fundraiser offering up specials on food & drink throughout the night. You might even spot some roaming bagpipers out and about!
A visit to McCarthy's Red Stag Pub is a must during St. Patrick's Day. From their Best Legs in a Kilt contest to whisky tastings, live music and so much more, you'll be set for the most authentic experience around. Don't forget to swing into Donegal Square to admire their selection of kilts! Check out their full calendar of events.
You'll also find spirited celebrations happening at SteelStacks. Concerts, presented by Jameson Caskmates Irish Whiskey and Jameson Black Barrel, include high-energy band Scythian on March 15 at 7:30 p.m. and world-class Irish trio The Celtic Tenors on March 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling. Both shows are highlighted by a delicious Irish-inspired menu and complimentary Jameson samplings. Before each show, from 6-7:30 p.m., concertgoers will be invited to sample the Cask Series and Black Barrel Series by Jameson Irish Whiskey including the richly charred Jameson Black Barrel with notes of vanilla and butterscotch; Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition with a grapefruit nose and barley finish; and Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition, complemented by the subtle touch of hops and cocoa beans. Tickets for the performances are on sale now at www.steelstacks.org and 610-332-3378.