Wilkes-Barre going green for parade weekend

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The City of Wilkes-Barre is gearing up for its 44th Annual St. Patrick’s parade. Parade organizers and local businesses are gearing up for the St. Patrick’s celebration on Sunday.

“Come on out folks. Have a good time, make a memory,” said Wilkes-Barre Mayor George Brown.

The City of Wilkes-Barre is ready for its St. Patrick’s Parade. It’s a celebration that they say takes months of preparation.

“The parade actually starts getting planned even before the new year. The end of 2023 we start getting a hold of all of the pipe and drum bands that will come in, all of the groups that come in. So there’s a lot of work that gets done,” said City of Wilkes-Barre Special Events Coordinator Mike Slusser.

Mayor Brown says there’s plenty of people set to march.

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“This year, more than 100 groups will be participating in the parade, about 1,500, hundred actual participants will be in the parade,” Mayor Brown explained.

Giant balloons, bagpipes, and more will take the streets on Sunday. Last year, nearly 6,000 people took a visit to the Diamond City to enjoy the festivities.

Local businesses are ready for the big day.

“We have a decent staff of bartenders on, we’re gonna have a DJ and a dancefloor-ready for people who are ready to party,” said Rodano’s server and bartender Mikayla Cook.

The restaurant and bar located on Public Square are also looking forward to serving lots of $2 slices on Sunday.

“Normally we get a good turnout, out here, so we’re really excited to see the crowd that shows up,” Cook added.

There is a lot to look forward to for the upcoming weekend and anyone interested can go online for more information.

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