People of Irish heritage and those in the spirit of the day came out to St. Patrick Church in Philadelphia for Mass and a parade on the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday, March 13. The parade, dating back to 1771 in Philadelphia, is said to be the second oldest in the United States.
Christopher Dougherty with his grandmom, Sue Noborak.
Kieran (top) and Andrew Stanton
Brianna Owens from St. Anselm Parish in Philadelphia hands out lollipops as she marches in the parade.
A little rain didn’t dampen spirits along the parade route.
Michael Rocks marches as St. Patrick with the Steamfitters Union.
Dancers enlivened the crowd at the parade.
The South Philly String Band added great music and color, if not all in green.
The Emerald Society Pipe Band leads the procession before Mass at St. Patrick Church.
A choir in the St. Patrick Church loft adds accompaniment to the hymns.
Father Joseph Kelley distributes holy Communion.
A Union Army color guard added some bang to the parade.
Emerald Society Pipe Band
Reagan Kuczynski from St. Joseph Parish in Orefield, Diocese of Allentown, traveled to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Karen Boyce McCollum signs the National Anthem of Ireland.
Frank Gallagher sings the National Anthem of the United States before Mass.
This float proclaims the theme of the 2016 parade.
Members of the Celtic Flame School of Irish Dance of Philadelphia and Doylestown march with joyful smiles.
Kathy Orr proclaims the first reading during the Mass.
Msgr. Joseph McLoone incenses the book of Gospels before proclaiming the reading during the Mass.
Even St. Nicholas, Joe Belisari, dressed in green as he marched with the St. Thomas More Alumni group.
Grand Marshal Paul Doris’ family members present the offertory gifts to the main celebrant, Father Kevin Gallagher, during Mass.
Miss Mayo 2016 Maggie O’Connell
Charlotte, Lily and Julia McGeady attend Mass before the parade.
Celebrants for the Mass include, from left, Fathers Edward Brady, Kevin Gallagher and Joseph Kelley, and Msgr. Joseph McLoone.
Father Kevin Gallagher distributes holy Communion to Grand Marshall Paul Doris.