Saturday, March 16, 2013

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Congratulations to the following prize winners in the 30th Annual York Saint Patrick's Day Parade, held on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Many thanks to all who braved the weather and celebrated with us in downtown York.

Best Decorated Vehicle (Commercial):  Martin’s Potato Chips
Honorable Mention:  Southern York Turf & Tractor

Best Decorated Vehicle (Non-Commercial):  Penn-Mar Irish Festival
Honorable Mention: York County Pageants

Best Antique Vehicle: Thomas Murren—Groundhog Hole Fire Company, Engine 1

Best Individual / Family Group:  Friends of Chris Reilly
Honorable Mention:  Mendenhall Retirement

Best Float: St. Patrick Catholic School
Honorable Mention: Hope Street Garden & Learning Lab and Buy Local Coalition

Best Non Profit Organization:  York County Youth Development Center
Honorable Mention:  4-H Seeing Eye Puppy Club, Combined Provisional  Forces of the Shenandoah, Special Olympics, Bark-A-Ritaville Freestylers

Best Honor Guard: American Merchant Marine Veterans and Sea Scouts of York Ship 25
Honorable Mention: York City Police Department

Best Media Entry:  WGAL
Honorable Mention: Smart Magazine

Best Irish Group: Hooley School of Irish Dance

Grand Prize--Best of Parade: Ni Riain School of Irish Dance
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It is the policy of the parade committee to go forward in the event of light rain or snow. Due to the enormous amount of logistics involved with the event, it is not feasible for us to reschedule. We do understand the weather presents challenges for certain units, and respect the decision of any participants who err on the side of caution and not participate. We thank you for your understanding.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Inclement Weather Information

Greetings from the York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.

If you are following the weather forecasts for this weekend, you are likely as anxious as we are about the possibility of showers on Saturday. We are monitoring the weather forecast and will continue to do so throughout the week. It is the intention of the parade committee to announce any weather-related decisions by 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

We advise all parade participants and spectators to utilize the following options for weather-related announcements:

Twitter:  Follow @YorkStPatParade
Web site:
Television:  abc27 WHTM, WGAL-TV, WRCT Channel 18
Radio:  WGTY 107.7

A recorded message will be updated on our cell phone voicemail (717-578-0146). Due to the high number of calls, it will not be possible to respond to all calls. Email will be the best way to reach us if you require a response:

Due to the enormous amount of advance planning that goes into the parade, and because many of our participants and volunteers have other commitments during the busy Saint Patrick’s Day season, an inclement weather date is not feasible.  The parade will go on as scheduled if there is light rain or snow.  The parade would only be canceled in the event of severely inclement weather where there are serious safety concerns. 

We recognize that participants have spent a great deal of time, effort and money preparing for the parade, as has the committee for the past year, but safety must be our top consideration if the weather becomes severe, or if conditions are left after severe weather that will make participating unsafe.

We thank you for your understanding.  Let’s draw on the luck of the Irish and hope for a grand and glorious day!!

Please share this information with everyone you know who may be interested.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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2013 Line of March Announced

Click the link below for a printer-friendly version of our official parade program that will be distributed along the parade route. The parade program will be printed in 11x17 format, but the linked document will print on four letter-size pages.

Please remember to thank our sponsors for their generosity. Without the financial support of many in the community, our all-volunteer committee would not be able to present this annual celebration of Celtic heritage.

Thanks for your interest in the parade, and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
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2013 Pre-Parade Entertainment Announced

Click the link before for the pre-parade entertainment schedule for Saturday, March 16, 2013:

Monday, February 25, 2013

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Parade Day Activities to be Announced

Our committee is in the process of assigning staging locations for the parade and compiling information for related special events taking place on parade day.

Please check back closer to parade day for information on related events and to download the official parade program which contains the line of march.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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March 25, 2013: Dineout at White Rose Bar and Grill

Dineout at the White Rose Bar and Grill on Monday, March 25, 2013 (11am to 10pm).

Many thanks to White Rose Bar and Grill for again hosting an annual dineout fundraiser for us. Please mark your calendar for Monday, March 25, and plan to have lunch and/or dinner at the White Rose. When you present a dineout voucher to your server indicating you are there in support of the parade, we will receive 15% of the food sales.

Download the voucher here.

White Rose Bar and Grill, located on the corner of Beaver & Philadelphia Streets, has been a leading provider of exceptional food, drinks, and quality dining in downtown York since 1933.

For more information about the White Rose Bar and Grill and their upcoming events, please call 717-848-5369 or visit

Monday, January 14, 2013

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March 13, 2013: Dineout at Bair's Fried Chicken

Dineout at Bair's Fried Chicken on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 7am to 6pm.

Sincere thanks to Bair's Fried Chicken for planning another dineout to benefit the parade. Watch for details on door prizes and special menu items, and plan to grab a breakfast sandwich on the way to work, stop by for lunch, or pick up dinner on the way home. Every sale counts!

Free green beads to the first 100 customers. Everyone who stops by is eligible to enter a drawing for four tickets to the Penn-Mar Irish Festival (taking place Saturday, June 15, in Glen Rock).

Bair’s Fried Chicken, located in the Central and Eastern Markets, has long provided York County with fresh, never-frozen chicken breaded in its special blend of seasonings, making the “best fried chicken York County has ever tasted.” For more information about Bair's Fried Chicken, please call 717-848-1945 or visit

Sunday, January 13, 2013

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February 28, 2013: There's Guinness In It!

The York Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce the return of the popular "There's Guinness In It!" fundraiser on Thursday, February 28, 2013, from 5:30 to 8pm inside the newly-renovated Central Market York, 34 West Philadelphia Street. A dozen area restaurants and caterers will each create a menu item containing Guinness (an appetizer, entree or dessert), that will be available for sampling.

Tickets are $25 each, and include a sampling from each participating restaurant/caterer, Guinness product samples and novelty item, entry for door prize drawings, and water courtesy of The York Water Company. The evening will also include a silent auction.

Tickets are now available at Bair’s Fried Chicken and JR's Fries (Central Market in downtown York), Central Family Restaurant, Kimman's, and Sunrise Soap Company, and from parade committee members. You may also mail a check, payable to York Saint Patrick's Day Parade, to YSPD Parade, PO Box 1043, York PA 17405-1043. Please include name and email address for confirmation purposes; mail-order tickets will be held at the door. Tickets are limited and must be purchased by February 21; no tickets will be sold at the door.

Proceeds will benefit the 30th Annual York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, which will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2013, along Market Street in downtown York.

The following restaurants/caterers have confirmed participation: The Accomac Inn, All About Brownies, Bair's Fried Chicken, Busy Bee, Central Family Restaurant, Copper Crust, JRs Fries, Just Cupcakes, Maewyn's, Mezzogiorno, Sharmini's Kitchen, and Simply Soup. Additional restaurants will be listed as contracts are returned. All restaurants are graciously providing food for our event at a fraction of the actual cost.

We sincerely thank Guinness for support in many ways: donating giveaway and silent auction items, advertising space, and Guinness for the restaurants to use in their dishes. Thanks also to The York Water Company for the water station, to Party Belles for decorations, and to Central Market House for hosting us.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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Upcoming area Celtic events

Irish Session

Third Friday of every month, March to December (6-8pm-ish), Irish Session at The York Emporium. Bring an instrument and join in, or come by to browse the aisles and listen.

Penn-Mar Irish Festival

Saturday, June 15, 2013 (10:30am to 7:30pm)

13th Annual Penn-Mar Irish Festival at the Markets at Shrewsbury.

Proceeds benefit Penn-Mar Human Services.

Stop by the Irish Information Booth at the festival and say hello.

And more!

Check back throughout the year for info on upcoming Celtic concerts, festivals and events of interest.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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Bryan Tate named 2013 Parade Grand Marshal!

Bryan Tate, Vice President of Philanthropy for the York County Community Foundation, was named Grand Marshal of the 2013 York St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Read the full news release here.

Sincere thanks to Central Market York for hosting our press conference this year, and to Cushla and Josh Srour of Irish Blessing for providing music.

Our thanks also to Digital Ephemera Photography and The Susquehanna Photographic for their assistance in photographing the event.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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2013 commemorative T-shirts now on sale!

View the T-shirt order form hereA discount applies to orders received before Feb. 7, 2013!