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Jennifer Woss, on far right, standing against wall, of the Emerald Isle Step Dancers confers with her helpers as they watch the 7- to 10-year-old group of Emerald Isle Step Dancers rehearse on Tuesday.
Jennifer Woss, on far right, standing against wall, of the Emerald Isle Step Dancers confers with her helpers as they watch the 7- to 10-year-old group of Emerald Isle Step Dancers rehearse on Tuesday.
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Sometimes you march behind horses and wonder what you might step in.


Sometimes you march in front of fire engines and skedaddle when those vehicles are called to an emergency.


And sometimes your souvenir from a St. Patrick’s Day Parade makes people wonder if you’ve been kissed by a leprechaun.


“I guess I did feel kind of lucky,” 18-year-old Miranda Warunek of Pittston said with a laugh, remembering how a green sticker she sported on her face one sunny parade day resulted in a tan line shaped like a perfect shamrock. “It lasted for a couple days. I was in about sixth grade.”


Those are just a few of the memories Warunek and her sister Letitia, 20, shared Tuesday evening as they waited their turn to practice jigs and reels with the Emerald Isle Step Dancers in a rehearsal room in Pittston.


The group, whose members range from wee colleens through grown lasses, will dance their way through the streets of Scranton tomorrow, Jim Thorpe on Sunday and New York City on March 16.


They’ve dedicated their appearance in New York’s parade to the memory of Kevin Nelson, the late grandfather of three young dancers, Kit, Fiona and Lizzy Neville.


The girls’ grandfather was a co-director of the big parade in the Big Apple, Emerald Isle director Jennifer Woss explained.


And, if they weren’t going to be marching and dancing in New York, Woss said, the local group would have enjoyed appearing in the Wilkes-Barre parade, which also is scheduled for March 16.


The Wilkes-Barre parade will include lots of musicians, among them the Wyoming Vallley Pipe and Drum Band, the Ceol Mor Pipe & Drum Band, the Syracuse Scottish Pipe Band, the Avalon String Band, Three Imaginary Boys and the Irem Shriners String Band. The marching bands from GAR, Meyers and Coughlin high schools will be represented, along with the Scoil Rince na Connemara dancers and David Blight dancers.


Parade Day in downtown Wilkes-Barre boasts other activities as well, including St. Patrick’s Day stories for the little ones at Barnes & Noble at 11 a.m., face painting at noon and a 1 p.m. performance of the Irish folk group The Hooley Boys, who will appear on the reviewing stand on Public Square.


Wilkes-Barre’s parade begins at 2 p.m. March 16 at South and South Main streets, proceeds to Public Square and then on to North Main Street, where it disbands at the intersection with Union Street.


Scranton’s parade kicks off at 11:45 a.m. tomorrow at Mulberry Street and Wyoming Avenue and proceeds along Wyoming Avenue to Lackawanna Avenue, then to Jefferson Avenue, to Spruce Street and to North Washington Avenue.


Described on its website as the second largest in the nation, the Scranton St. Patrick’s Day parade boasts 10 divisions named after such saints as Patrick, Brigit, Brendan, Finian and Columba. Trivia buffs may be pleased to note the website gives St. Columba credit for rescuing someone from the Loch Ness Monster.


Runners, for their part, may be pleased to know Scranton’s race is preceded by the Brian P. Kelly Memorial foot race at 11 a.m. Next weekend on Wilkes-Barre’s race day, the second annual Renal Race run/walk will start off the morning at 9.


When the parades start, spectators will have a chance to admire floats, recognize friends, celebrate the steady approach of spring and experience a dose of Celtic culture.


Really, how often do you have the chance to hear bagpipes? Or to watch the flashing feet of Irish dancers?


“It’s a great opportunity to show the community what we’ve been practicing,” Letitia Warunek said. “We do this all year long.”The Wilkes-Barre parade will include lots of musicians, among them the Wyoming Vallley Pipe and Drum Band, the Ceol Mor Pipe & Drum Band, the Syracuse Scottish Pipe Band, the Avalon String Band, Three Imaginary Boys and the Irem Shriners String Band. The marching bands from GAR, Meyers and Coughlin high schools will be represented, along with the Scoil Rince na Connemara dancers and David Blight dancers.


Parade Day in downtown Wilkes-Barre boasts other activities as well, including St. Patrick’s Day stories for the little ones at Barnes & Noble at 11 a.m., face painting at noon and a 1 p.m. performance of the Irish folk group The Hooley Boys, who will appear on the reviewing stand on Public Square.


Wilkes-Barre’s parade begins at 2 p.m. March 16 at South and South Main streets, proceeds to Public Square and then on to North Main Street, where it disbands at the intersection with Union Street.


Scranton’s parade kicks off at 11:45 a.m. tomorrow at Mulberry Street and Wyoming Avenue and proceeds along Wyoming Avenue to Lackawanna Avenue, then to Jefferson Avenue, to Spruce Street and to North Washington Avenue.


Described on its website as the second largest in the nation, the Scranton St. Patrick’s Day parade boasts 10 divisions named after such saints as Patrick, Brigit, Brendan, Finian and Columba. Trivia buffs may be pleased to note the website gives St. Columba credit for rescuing someone from the Loch Ness Monster.


Runners, for their part, may be pleased to know Scranton’s race is preceded by the Brian P. Kelly Memorial foot race at 11 a.m. Next weekend on Wilkes-Barre’s race day, the second annual Renal Race run/walk will start off the morning at 9.


When the parades start, spectators will have a chance to admire floats, recognize friends, celebrate the steady approach of spring and experience a dose of Celtic culture.


Really, how often do you have the chance to hear bagpipes? Or to watch the flashing feet of Irish dancers?


“It’s a great opportunity to show the community what we’ve been practicing,” Letitia Warunek said. “We do this all year long.”


 
 
 
 
 
 
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