Annual AOH Girardville St. Patrick's Day Parade

Annual AOH Girardville St. Patrick's Day Parade


Start time: Saturday 12:00pm (24 March)
End time: Saturday 4:00pm (24 March)


The Annual AOH Girardville St. Patrick's Day Parade is the biggest little St. Patrick's Day Parade this side of the Atlantic! This March, 2018, our Parade celebrates our 15th Anniversary.

Join us in Girardville, Pa., everybody's Irish American home town - on Saturday, March 24th, 2018. The Parade steps off at 12 noon sharp. Whether you march, volunteer, or just come and celebrate all things Irish and the official kick off for Spring, get there early and dress warm.

Hosted by Girardville's Jack Kehoe Division #1, Ancient Order of Hibernians, and Daughters of Erin Division #18, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, and assisted by other dedicated community groups, officials, and individuals, this is truly a hometown, as well as regional, parade in every sense of the word.

If you have marched with us before, registration packets will be mailed out in the very near future. If you haven't marched before but would like to begin, please contact Joanne Kitsock at 570-617-0400 with a phone number and mailing address ASAP. New marchers, floats, organizations, and businesses are always invited to become part of our parade family!

At 10 am, on Parade Day, there will be an Irish Mass at St. Vincent's Worship Center, 2nd St. and Mahanoy Ave. All are welcome!

If you would like to be a parade sponsor or patron, please consider taking an ad in our annual Parade Book. Contact Pat Birster at 570-875-2223 or 570-205-2314.

Volunteers are always welcome, as well as donations and sponsors. Contact Don Dudash, Parade Manager, at 570-874-2455.

Press and public relations, please contact Mike Kitsock at 570-617-0400.

Following the parade, come back to the festivities outside the infamous Hibernian House, Jack Kehoe's pub, which continues to be operated by his great grandson and parade chairman, Joe Wayne for the parade winners, impromptu pipe and drum band performances, food, refreshments, and more. Parade shirts, commemorative books, raffle tickets, and other mementos will be available for purchase during and after the parade.

The theme for this year's 2018 parade is the Parade's 15th Anniversary. Our Grand Marshall for this year is Mr. Tim Holden. The 2018 Annual AOH Girardville St. Patrick's Day Parade, 15th Anniversary parade shirt, is available now!

Shirts are black with kelly green and white lettering, featuring parade icon "Freddie the Leprechaun" in an old style photo on the back of the shirt, with the words "Girardville, Pa. 2018 The Biggest Little St. Patrick's Day Parade This Side of the Atlantic 15 Years and Counting", and the old Hibernian House with the text, "Girardville Irish Parade" on the left upper front.

Shirts are $15 dollars. Call Annetta Whitecavage at 570-590-6008 or email @ for more details and orders. Shirts can be shipped with additional S&H. Support your local St. Patrick's Day Parade.

These are the official commemorative T-shirts for our parade and the sales directly benefit the AOH Girardville St. Patrick's Day Parade. This year's parade book will be featuring highlights and memories of the past 15 years of the Girardville parade.

For more information on the Girardville St. Patrick's Day Parade, visit the website at

Save the date - Saturday, March 24th, 2018 - and join the fun as we honor St. Patrick, the Irish, the Coal Region, Jack Kehoe, the Molly Maguires, and all things green!