The 14th annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade, sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Alec Campbell Division 1 of Carbon County and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Mollie Maguire Division 1 of Carbon County, will take place along Broadway in Jim Thorpe starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 13. The event will be held rain or shine.
In preparation for the parade, Broadway will be closed to all traffic at 11:45 a.m.
Since no parking will be available in the downtown area, parking will be provided at the Carbon County parking lot, with additional parking at Jim Thorpe Area High School, 1 Olympian Way. A shuttle service, running at every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., between the high school and the county courthouse annex will be provided.
These shuttles will also stop at Ninth and North streets; and Sixth and North streets. Signs for buses will be posted. Three shuttle buses for participants will also be provided from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Motorists are advised that parking along Route 209 will not be permitted. Vehicles parked along Route 209 on the Mansion House Hill in Mahoning Township will be towed.
Additionally, the members of the AOH would like to remind spectators to respect the parade and its participants by not interfering with the parade or any private parties along the parade route.
"We have lost some participants in the past due to rude and improper behavior from spectators," states Hugh Dugan, chairman of the AOH's parade committee. "The quickest way to ruin this great parade is by spectators giving it a bad reputation. We ask that people respect all participants and that everyone join in by policing the area around you for bad behavior."
The line-up for this year's parade is as follows:
Jim Thorpe Borough police car/Pennsylvania State Police; banner of St. Patrick; Emmett McCall, grand marshal; aides to the grand marshal; Brian Boru Pipe and Drum band, sponsored by the Mauch Chunk Trust Company; AOH Alec Campbell Division 1, Carbon County Color Guard; AOH Alec Campbell Division 1, Carbon County; LAOH Mollie Maguire Division 1, Carbon County Color Guard; LAOH Mollie Maguire Division 1, Carbon County; Mollie Maguire Van; Julie McDonald's California Raisin VW Beetle, driven by George McDonald; Jim Thorpe Area High School Marching Band, sponsored by Charles and Carol Getz; state Rep. Doyle Heffley; state Sen. John Yudichak; Jim Thorpe Borough Council/Mayor; Carbon County Commissioners William O'Gurek and Charles Getz; Carbon County Sheriff Dwight Nothstein/Lt. David Midas; Carbon County Prothonotary Joann M. Behrens; Pocono Region Pipe and Drum band, sponsored by Jim Thorpe National Bank; Jim Thorpe Fire Department; Panther Valley Irish American Association; Lochiel Emerald Society Pipe and Drum band, sponsored by Summit Food Marketing Inc.; Jim Thorpe Burlesque Festival; 81st Pennsylvania Company K, Civil War Reenactors; Pocono Biking; McDonald's of Nesquehoning; Lehigh Valley Pipe Band, sponsored by Reinhart Food Services; Pocono Fishing Adventures; H2Oooohh! Indoor Water Park; Knights of Columbus; AOH Lehigh County Division 1; Shamrock Container Company; Walsh Oil Company; Red Ball Military Transport.
Paddy, the Irish Santa; Celtic United Pipe and Drums, sponsored by Guinness Imports Company; Carbon County Veterans Affairs; Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company; Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company; Towamensing Township Volunteer Fire Company; Nesquehoning Ambulance Corps; Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe; AOH Black Jack Kehoe Div. 4, Delaware County; Hawk Mountain Highlanders, sponsored by David J. Stianche Funeral Home; Tattoo Island; Mahoning Valley Fire Company; Navy Club of the United States, Ship 260 USS Carbon County; Parryville Fire Company; Heisler's Dairy Milk Wagon and Yuengling Beer Wagon; Kerry Dancers float, sponsored by Shawn Kresge Electric; Ceol Neamh (Keel Nave) Pipe and Drum of Lancaster, sponsored by Highland Beverage; Gene Durigan Real Estate; American Fire Company No. 1 of Lansford; 109th Infantry "C" Company No. 1; Mauch Chunk Rod and Gun Club; Pennsylvania National Guard, Lehighton; Blue Eagles Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, sponsored by Merritt Beck, Jr., (cleaning by MBJ); Lansford AMVETS; Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1; West End Fire Company, Palmerton; Schuylkill-Carbon County Marine Corps League; Kitt Night Riders; Quittapahilla Highlanders, sponsored by the Honorable John P. and Marianne Lavelle; KME Airport Crash vehicle; Germantown Grove Club; Lehighton Fire Company; New Columbus Fire Company.
Coaldale Fire Company; 903 Rentals; Lycoming County AOH; Loch Rannoch Pipes and Drums, sponsored by Kovatch Corp.; Lehighton Ambulance; Diligence Fire Company No. 1, Summit Hill; Bowmanstown Fire Department; Nae Breeks Pipe and Drum band, sponsored by Walsh Oil Company; AOH Northampton County, Div. 2, Easton.
The parade committee is thankful for the assistance of the Borough of Jim Thorpe, as well as the borough police and public service departments; the Jim Thorpe Fire Department; Molly Maguires Pub and Steakhouse; Doug Rontz Signs; George's Transportation; the Carbon County Commissioners; the Inn at Jim Thorpe; Tom Huber, parade announcer; and JTNB for the television coverage.