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It’s the 241st St. Patrick’s Day Parade In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – “St. Patrick, bless our religious sisters who serve, inspire and educate” is the theme of this year’s 241st parade.

Philadelphia’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the city’s largest parade, with 20,000 participants representing more than 150 groups including marching bands, dance groups, youth groups, Irish associations and floats.

Thousands of festively green spectators line the Ben Franklin Parkway to enjoy the parade each year, a religious and cultural celebration of St. Patrick, on the Sunday prior to St. Patrick’s Day.

The first documented St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Parade in Philadelphia was held in 1771, marking this year’s the 241st year.

The parade begins at 16th and JFK Boulevard before making its way down the Ben Franklin Parkway. Click here for the map of the full parade route.

Some best bets for vantage points include Logan Circle and the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where a dance floor will be set up at Eakins Oval.

The parade will be live on the CW Philly from noon to 3 p.m. as well as streaming live on

Below is the parade listed by time slots.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 12:00 – 12:30:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 12:30 – 12:45:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 12:45 – 1:00:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 1:00 – 1:30:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 1:30 – 2:00:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2:00 – 2:30:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2:00 – 2:30:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2:30 – 3:00:

St. Patrick Day Photo Gallery

Reported By Stasia DeMarco,

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  • Diane G. Sullivan

    To walk in the St. Parick’s Day Parade was on my Bucket List. I walk for the first time this year and would love to be able to do it again. The only disappointment was are group was not televised because of a commercial. People are up early and give up their time to participate then they can’t even see themselves on TV. A lot of children and adults alike were disappointed.

  • Sarah Greenstein

    I agree with the above comments. St. Katherine of Siena was also cut out by a commercial break. many familes and Parishioners at home were looking forward to the hard work these teachers, parishioners, and most importantly, the students gave to make their performance a success.

    Thank you for airing the parade annually. It is a great tradition here in the City of Brotherly Love.

    Another proud parent (from St. Katherine of Siena School, Torresdale, PA

  • Lisa McCaffrey

    St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Irish Culture Club was cut off by the camerman not a commercial break. They were placed between two Irish step school dancers one of whom Kathy Orr was familiar with the members. The camerman decided not to even view the Prep students. Kathy Orr gave a quick shout out to the Prep as the Irish step dancers placed after the Prep were being viewed. Every school, and organization deserved to be viewed. Need a parade without commercial breaks and unbiased camermen.

  • Maryann Varalli

    Again, this year St. Gabriel’s Elementary School from South Philadelphia was cut off due to a commercial. This happens every year. Also there was a dance group I would have liked to have seen (my friends daughter was performing) that was cut off by a commercial. Can this parade be viewed without commercials?

  • Diane D'Amario

    The parade was terrific. Is ther a way we can get a copy of the parade live? Archbishop Ryan HS in Phila was on during the comercial break. We would have enjoyed viewing them.
    Thank you,
    Diane D’Amario

  • Debbie Suwala

    Debbie Suwala
    March 13, 2011 1:54 pm

    I like watching the parade but for the last couple of years when my children’s school Archbishop Ryan HS is playing they seem to get cut off. This year while they were playing , Cathy Orr was in front of them with two other people and we couldn’t enjoy what they were playing– I have two kids in the band and just would like to see atleast one of them on TV. Just an FYI, the kids are up and leaving at 900AM in the morning to be there and it just would be nice to have them shown for their whole performance just like all the other schools and dance schools
    A proud parent of the AR marching band

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