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On Sunday, March 10th, the city gets a headstart on the holiday celebrations with the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade has been a tradition in Philadelphia for nearly 250 years. It all began back in 1771 when Philly’s earliest Irish inhabitants hosted the very first parade as an homage to their heritage.

This March, the tradition continues. It takes about 20,000 performers (and many more volunteers) to put on the annual parade. They consist of dancers, marching band musicians, members of local Irish associations, and other performers dressed in their green, white, and orange. Show up before the parade kicks off at 11 a.m. so you can find a good spot along the route, most of which is along Market Street, in order to enjoy great views of the parade.