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.

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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:

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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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