The Emerald Society Band files into St. Patrick Church for Mass on Sunday, March 11.
The Emerald Society Band performs a hymn before a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary during Mass March 11 at St. Patrick Church preceding the parade.
Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M., grand marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, processes into St. Patrick Church.
Archbishop Charles Chaput celebrates Mass at St. Patrick Church, as Father Kevin Gallagher, chaplain of the St. Patrick’s Day Observance Committee, assists.
Archbishop Charles Chaput preaches the homily under the shadow of a statue of St. Patrick.
As Archbishop Chaput and concelebrants preside at the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the congregation and the St. James Alumni Choir join in prayer.
Leaving the church after Mass are, from left, Father Kevin Gallagher, pastor of St. Denis Parish, Havertown; Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry, Ireland and Msgr. Paul Kennedy, pastor of St. Katharine of Siena Parish, Philadelphia.
Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry, Ireland, greets Philadelphians after Mass.
The Avalon String Band plays for the crowd.
The Sisters of Mercy, proud of their grand marshal, Sister Mary Scullion, walk with their banner.
Many groups of Irish step dancers graced the streets with their moves and their smiles.
A delegation from Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls marches in the parade.
Joan Whorski, from Our Lady of Calvary Church, bundled up with family members Shannon Smith, Olivia Visco, Grace DuMond, Avery Visco and Ryan Hack to enjoy the parade.
Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia fill a float in the parade.
A float touts the memorial to the 19th century Irish famine victims along the parade route on Market Street in Philadelphia.
St. Patrick’s likeness enjoys the day with a dance troupe.
John Dooley was all smiles as he marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Dancers from the Celtic Flame troupe enjoy marching in the parade.
Worshipers young and old start the day in a prayerful way at Mass.
William P. Ivers (center), president of the St. Patrick’s Day Observance, and Sister Mary Scullion, grand marshal, pray during Mass at St. Patrick Church.
Kathy Orr, meteorologist with Fox 29 TV, proclaims a reading during Mass at St. Patrick Church.
The stained glass windows of St. Patrick Church offer inspiration to the faithful.
Consecrating the Eucharist are, from left, Father Kevin Gallagher, Bishop Donal McKeown and Archbishop Charles Chaput.
Union members of IBEW Local 98 wave the American and Irish flags during the parade.
Christ the King parishioner Nick Madison carries his daughter Madison, who commands a good view of the parade, as they march with IBEW Local 98 during the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Philadelphia March 11.
Emma Kochersperger, crowned Miss Mayo 2018, rides in an antique fire truck in the parade.
Members of the Hugh School of Irish Dance seem to float on the air as they march in the parade.
The saintly figure of the day cheers members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians marching in the parade.
The South Philly String Band performs for the parade revelers.
Philadelphia’s finest on horseback keep a watchful eye on the festivities.