Whether you are Irish or just want to be for a day, there are plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the heart of the beautiful Pocono Mountains. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become a national festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green. The Poconos has no shortage of Irish food, fun and festivities going on in March. So, come where it’s fun!
Boasting the Second Largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country, Scranton will help you ring in an Irish Spring on March 10th at 11:45. This is Pennsylvania’s version of Mardi Gras with over 12,000 participants including multiple bag-pipe, high school and string bands. You get the picture. It’s big, bold and GREEN and begins at St. Peter’s Cathedral on Wyoming Ave. The parade is preceded by a mass at St. Peter’s and the Brian Kelly Memorial race.
The Pocono Irish American Club proudly presents the 35th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. It covers a distance of not quite two miles, beginning in the borough of Stroudsburg and ending in East Stroudsburg. On Sunday, March 18 the parade will begin at the Stroudsburg High School at 1:30pm. Enjoy 90-100 marching units and approximately eight bands leading the eight divisions of non-profit groups, politicians, and local businesses marching between two boroughs to celebrate the life and good works of St. Patrick of Ireland with a grand Marshall who exhibits the similar characteristics. Expect up to 30,000 people to help you celebrate the fun! https://www.poconoirishamericanclub.com/
The 21st annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place along Broadway in Jim Thorpe starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2018. The parade will begin at the upper end of West Broadway and end at the County parking lot, a downhill route that showcases the natural scenic beauty and unique history of Carbon County. If you are looking to enjoy some local authentic Irish fare like shepherd’s pie and Dublin style fish and Chips after the parade, check out Molly Maguire’s Pub! www.carbonstpatricksparade.com
Irish Pubs & Dinners
Siamsa Irish Pub welcomes the Irish Folk Legends – The Wolf Tones on Tuesday, March 10th! Currently celebrating 50 years on the road, these legendary Dublin balladeers continue to be one of Ireland’s biggest box office attractions. Grab dinner or lighter fare before you enjoy a full night of classic Irish music from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and available at the door.
The Settler’s Inn located in Hawley, PA is home to a fabulous farm-to-table restaurant where they offer innovative regional cuisine. Known by the locals as the Pocono Restaurant, expect some unique and authentic St. Patrick’s Day offerings in a beautiful setting. Combine that with craft brews from local, regional and international breweries that are featured on their extensive beer menu and you got all the makings for a warm and elegant St. Patrick’s evening. End it fireside in the Chestnut Tavern!
The Station House in Gouldsboro, PA has a great Irish Pub and bar area that sports 12 beers on tap as well as a fantastic appetizer menu. Their classic American grill is paired with traditional Irish cuisine so if you’re looking to go 100% Irish go for the shepherd’s pie or bangers and mash. Live Irish music is on tap and so is a relaxed, family-affordable destination. www.thestationhousepa.com
Da’s Irish Pub in Blakeslee, PA is a cozy and welcoming little charmer. For those looking for a quieter but, authentic destination for St. Patrick’s Day, head to Da’s Irish Pub. A huge selection of bottled beer is yours for the choosing.www.daspub.com
Weekend of Irish
Woodloch Resort is geared up for their Irish Festival Weekend with two plans to choose from rates starting at $199 per night. Catch special Irish entertainment this weekend, as well as their theme show. Enjoy a wide-range of outdoor and indoor activities and in the evening get ready to embrace the Irish with authentic Irish cuisine, Derby games, live music, late night pub games and more! www.woodloch.com
"May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours. That stay with you all the year long." Irish Blessing