St Patrick's Day 2013 Parade Washington DC Live Stream | Watch Online HDHQ St Patrick's Day Parade 2013 Live Stream | 2013 St Patrick's Day Carnival Parade Live Coverage | St Patrick's Day Festival Parade Live Streaming Online : St. Patrick's Parade Day in Scranton is one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the United States. It is held in Scranton, Pennsylvania every year on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day - even if St Patrick's day falls on a Saturday. The date of the parade is commonly referred to as "Parade Day". Festivities begin with a mass at 10:00 am at St Peter's Cathedral.
Saint Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick , Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick" is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland.
Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. For Christians, the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. However, it has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Irishness and Irish culture.
The day generally involves public parades and festivals, céilithe, and wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day. Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world; especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.