A St. Patrick Promenade


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The big parade in Scranton is over, but, in case you forgot, St. Patrick's Day is actually this weekend.

One group that didn't forget is the Carbondale Historical Society, which notes the first St. Patrick's Day Parade in Lackawanna County was held in Carbondale on March 17, 1833. Reportedly the streets were covered in 3 feet of snow, but that did not deter "the steadfast and devoted Hibernians". who gathered and paraded through the town to pay homage to the patron saint of their native land.

In remembrance of that historic event, the society, under the direction of Dr. S. Robert Powell, will hold a "St. Patrick's Day Promenade - Celebrating 180 Years of Integrity and Tradition" on Sunday, March 17. at 11:45 a.m., following Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church.

"Every one from the town is invited to gather on the street in front of St. Rose Church where we will be greeted by the music of the ancient 'Uilleann Pipes' played by accomplished piper, Leo Schott," explained Powell. "At the sound of the drum, we will all proceed to Memorial Park, where the festivities will begin, including a commemorative ceremony, the singing of 'God Bless America' and 'a Toast to the Prosperity of Carbondale.' "

Among the performers will be the traditional Irish step-dancers from the Crossmolina School of Traditional Irish Dancing. The name of the group is a reference to the town of Crossmolina, in Ireland's County Mayo. The local Connolly Clan Musicians will also perform traditional Irish songs.

Michele Bannon, City Clerk, and Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce director Laure Carlo invite the public to an Irish tea reception sponsored by the historical society at the Chamber of Commerce Building, 27 N. Main St., after the ceremony in the Memorial Park. Barbour's Bakery will provide the Irish soda bread and "PersoNELLized Cakes" will provide the cookies and cup-cakes.

"St. Patrick's Day is for the 'wearing of the green,' " said Pat Monahan, Promenade Committee member. "St. Patrick used the little green shamrock to symbolize the Holy Trinity heralding Christianity in the Emerald Isle. In our own green valley we celebrate in honor of all the Irish who left the land they loved so well, to dig the coal, build the railroads and provide a better life for their children, who have gone on to become proud Americans."

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