Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Date: March 10 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade ranks as one of the city’s premiere winter events. The first one was organized in 1771, five years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Today, the grand spectacle features more than 150 marching bands, youth groups, dance troupes and Irish organizations. Spectators line up by the hundreds of thousands along Benjamin Franklin Parkway to view elaborate floats and 20,000 marchers bedecked in their greenest finery.
Forrest Avenue and Haverford Avenue
Narberth, PA 19072
Date: March 16 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Kids and adults alike may get in the St. Patty’s Day spirit at the sixth annual Great Narberth Leprechaun Hunt. Sponsored by the Narberth Business Association, this yearly event in which children hunt for leprechauns and treats in shops all around town draws swarms of families. Kids start the fun by receiving an empty pot o’ gold and a game card from the Blarney Booth. Once they have discovered all 10 little green men, your leprechaun hunters return to the booth to earn a final prize. Storytelling, music and Irish dance performances add to the day’s festivities.
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Price: $10 adults/$7 children ages 1 to 12
Date: March 16 – 11:30 a.m.
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day weekend with the Peanut Butter and Jams concert series at the World Cafe Live. Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke are guaranteed to rock the house with their delightful mix of humor, visuals and original songs. The musical duo began composing quirky children’s songs in the 1990s that the whole family can enjoy. Guitar playing, tight vocals and upbeat lyrics about memorable characters will make this a St. Patty’s Day to remember.
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6815 Emlen St.
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Date: March 10 – 1 p.m.
If your mini-me would rather make music than simply listen to it, then the Irish Center is the place to be on March 10. The Next Generations Young Musicians Session invites musicians of all ages, skill levels and instruments to join in the fun. During the first hour, participants break up into small groups and learn one or two Irish tunes by ear. Then, the musicians rejoin in front of the fireplace for a rip-roaring rendition of their newly-learned melodies.
110 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Kids can’t celebrate the green without indulging in some decadent Irish potatoes, a St. Patty’s Day tradition in Philadelphia. Shane Candies makes this misleadingly-named treat with a delicious filling rolled in cinnamon. For another Irish confection, try the yummy barley sugar toy candies made from antique molds owned by the original Mr. Shane. While at the shop, branch out from spud candies and sample Shane’s irresistible dark, milk, mint and white chocolates.