WILKES-BARRE — Everyone was Irish in Scranton on Saturday.
Today, it’s Wilkes-Barre’s turn.
The city’s 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade hits the street today at 2 p.m., with parade participants, who make up five divisions, scheduled to report to their lineup locations at 1 p.m.
But if you are reading this in time, there still is plenty to do before the parade steps off.
All of the action starts at with the Renal 5K Race, beginning at 9 a.m. on Public Square. This 5k race promotes kidney cancer research and awareness and is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 36.
Other pre-parade activities include St . Patrick’s Story Hour at noon at the Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s Bookstore just off the Square on South Main Street; Just Plain Crazy Face Art, also at noon on Public Square, with parade themed artwork for children and adults; and, music by the Irish folk group The Hooley Boys at 1 p.m. on Public Square.
The parade will travel down South Main Street from South Street to Public Square; bear right at Public Square, pass the reviewing stand located in the cut-out in front of the former Martz Trailways, continue along North Main Street and conclude at Union Street.
This year, there are three grand marshals for the parade — Jack Mulroy, Lore Majikes and Joe O’Hara.
Mulroy, now retired, worked as athletic director at the Wilkes-Barre CYC; supervisor at RCA/Harris Semiconductor; an adjunct professor at King’s College; and in the administration in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.
O’Hara is a native of the Heights Section of Wilkes-Barre and was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, serving 36 years, before being employed as a county employee at the Wilkes-Barre Courthouse. He and his wife, Diane, are long-time residents of Forty Fort.
Majikes, of Wilkes-Barre, had served as the director of Luzerne County Child Development. From 2005-2013, she was the special events coordinator for the city.
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