For more than three decades during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade held on a Sunday in during March, the streets of Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg have been filled with “Irish” spectators.
This year will be no different as the Pocono Irish American Club presents the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Green and orange are the colors of the day when the parade steps off at 1:30 p.m on Sunday, March 24, ending at 4:30 p.m.
Paraders will line up at Stroudsburg High School along West Main Street.
The route winds through Stroudsburg over the Brodhead Creek via Veterans Memorial Bridge into East Stroudsburg, then along Washington Street, turning at Crystal Street and ending at the East Stroudsburg Municipal Building.
Get a glimpse of “Yesterdays” parades at the photo gallery St. Patrick’s Day Parade, past and present.
Local Irish tidbits:
• George Graff Jr. wrote the lyrics to “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” in 1912 in New York. He later moved to Stroudsburg.
• Phil Gallagher, formerly of Stroudsburg, learned first-hand the background of the song “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” for which Graff wrote the lyrics when he was just 26.
• Poet John Savage, an Ireland native, requested his body, at death, be entombed on his property in Monroe County.