By Mike Lynn
On Sunday, March 20th, the Pocono Irish American Club (PIAC) will host the 43rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Stroudsburg. The parade will begin at 1:30 PM at the Stroudsburg High School, travel down Main Street, over the inter-boro bridge, and end on Crystal Street in East Stroudsburg. The parade will include several emergency response vehicles, two high school marching bands, eleven pipe bands, and a variety of floats. (See float sponsors below).
This year's parade will recognize the legacy of Kenny Corcoran. The beloved former PIAC president and community pillar passed away in 2019. To honor his life and keep his memory alive, Corcoran has been named Parade Grand Marshall. "He was a great guy, and he got this organization up and running, and now we are 250 members strong," says Margie Kane of the PIAC.
It is the area's first St. Patrick's Day Parade since 2019. Consistently one of Downtown's largest annual attractions, organizers expect above-average turnout this year. PIAC President Brian Gallagher anticipates as many as 20,000 or more attendees will come out dressed in green to celebrate the day. He recommends guests arrive early and urges everyone to bring an appetite to support the local bars and restaurants along the route. The event would not be possible without the support of the two main sponsors, Bob Kelly of the Kelly Realty Group and M&T Bank of Stroudsburg.
Additional parade sponsors include:
Papillon & Moyer Excavating & Paving, LLC, Pocono Manor Investors, the H&K Group, Adams Outdoor advertising NEPA, Major Hyundai, Pennoni Associates, Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau, Siamsa Irish Pub, Ann & Joseph Farda Foundation, Kimley Horn, Pocono Raceway, Derailed Taphouse, Milford and Hospitality Group, KCR Electric, ESSA Bank, Strasburg Moose Lodge #1336, Small & Son, Inc., Cramer, Swetz, McMaNus & Jordan, P.C., RGB Enterprises, Matergia & Dunn, JPRA Architects, Express Employment Professionals,Desaki Restaurant, Brian J. Gallagher's Custom Carpentry, Happy Hour Tavern, Inc., Odd-Lot, Martz Trailways, Rudy's Tavern, S.J. O'Hara, Inc, Barley Creek Brewing Company, Reilly Engineering Associates, St Luke's University Health Network, Trackside Station Grill & Bar, The Cinder Inn, Furino Fuels, Inc., Little Discoveries Day Care, Alaska Pete's, Monroe County Bar Association, The Elks Club, St. Luke's University Health Network, Limousines For Less, Liberty Homes Custom Builders, 712 Associates, L.T. Verrastro, Inc., Teddy's Tavern, Dembinski Realty Company, R.J. Groner, Quality Health Care, Inc., PA Career Link Monroe County, Floods, The Goal Line, Kiwanis Club of Stroudsburg, Carriage House Country Club, Inc., Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Pub 447, Pocono Eye Associates, Inc, Comm Elect Mario Scavello, Wilkins & Associates Commercial Real Estate, Chant Realtors, Willowtree Inn, The Warrior Grill, A.C. Henning Enterprise, RKR Hess, Resort Beverage Company, Inc., Miller's Paint & Wallpaper Store, Pennsylvania State Representative 189th District, The Conboy Family, William H. Clark Funeral Home, Inc, David S. Lansdowne Insurance Agency, Whittaker Water Technology, U-Lock-It Of Pocono, Joseph J Pula Funeral Home.
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