Free family-friendly events in Philadelphia for St. Patrick's Day 2018
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St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated with festive Irish events in Philadelphia, which is the home of one of the most historic St. Patrick’s Day parades in the U.S. Kids and adults will enjoy the family-friendly events that will take place in Philly and the surrounding area in 2018.

2018 Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 11 @ noon
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The 2018 Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be themed “Bless Those Who Respond to the Call of the Needy.” The parade has been “A Philadelphia Tradition Since 1771,” one of the oldest and biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the U.S., with over 245 continuous years of celebrations. There will be about 20,000 participants, representing more than 200 groups. Kid and adults will have fun watching the marching bands, dance groups, Irish associations, youth groups, and more. Decorated floats honoring the patron saint of Ireland will promenade in the parade. The parade will step off near City Hall and march down Market Street to Penn’s Landing. The parade will be broadcast live on Fox 29 and an encore presentation of the parade will air on Fox 29 March 17 from 1-4 p.m.

Gloucester St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 4 @ 1 p.m.
Gloucester City, NJ  08030

The 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at Martin’s Lake and proceed down Monmouth to King Street. Kids and adults will have fun watching the bagpipers, string bands, Irish dancers, Irish music bands, community groups, and more. There will also be events before and after the parade, including the Opening Ceremony Irish Mass at St. Mary’s Church at 11:30 a.m. The parade will be part of Gloucester’s 150th Anniversary Irish Month Celebration.

Sláinte ó Mhéara Conshohocken Irish Week and St. Patty’s Parade
March 3-10
Conshohocken, PA 19728

The Borough of Conshohocken’s Mayor’s Special Events Committee will present a week of community events and activities celebrating Irish week, starting with Green Dog Treats at Riverside Dog Park on March 3. There will be a Parade Kickoff Concert at the VFW Post 1074 on March 9. The St. Patty’s Parade will be on March 10 at 2 p.m., followed by the Irish Concert Post-Party at the VFW 1074.

Great Narberth Leprechaun Hunt
March 10 @ 1 p.m.
Downtown Narberth, 101 Forrest Ave., Narberth, PA 19072

The NBA “Blarney” Booth at the corner of Haverford and Forrest Ave. will be the starting point, where kids will get a game card with clues and an empty black plastic pot-o’-gold. The children search through town for ten hidden leprechauns. They will get a “gold” chocolate coin for each leprechaun they find until they reach ten when they can return to the booth to get their prize, a shiny golden U.S. Dollar coin.

Note: The following events are not free, but they are still fun…

8th Annual Newtown Irish Festival
March 15-18
Green Parrot, 240 North Sycamore St., Newtown, PA 18940

The Newtown Irish Festival will be a four-day family-friendly party featuring live music, Irish step dancing, and kid-friendly activities such as balloon twisting and face painting. Traditional Irish food and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission tickets will be $10-$12. People under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult 25 or age or older. People under the age of 21 will not need to pay the cover charge.

2018 Leprechaun Run
March 10 @ 6:30 a.m.
WLK Drive, Schuylkill Banks Palapa by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA 19130

The Leprechaun Run is an annual event that benefits Special Olympics in Pennsylvania, which provides sports training to children and adults with developmental disabilities. This is a chance to get outdoors and take part in one of the first big runs of the season. The events will include the Lucky 7-Mile Race, Classic 5-Mile Race, and the 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk. The registration fee for individuals will be $25-$40.

5th Annual Conshohocken St. Paddy’s Day 5K Classic
March 10 @ 11 a.m.
Conshohocken Fire Co. #2, 8th and Fayette, Conshohocken, PA 19428

The St. Paddy’s Day 5K Classic run will help raise funds for the Conshohocken Fire Co. #2 to help equip the volunteers. The run, which will be part of Conshohocken's Irish Week, will take place before the St. Paddy’s Parade. Register early for the lowest registration fee ($20-$35.

2nd Annual Jack Pyrah 5K Run/Walk
March 24 @ 8:30 a.m.
The Knights of Columbus, 605 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, N 08030

This will be part of the Irish Heritage and Gloucester City’s 150th Anniversary Irish Month Celebration. Dress in Irish green and honor the legendary Villanova coach and athlete Jack Pyrah. Registration will be $15 for kids under 14 and $25 for adults 15 and over.