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The sea of green along Market Street is going to be loud.

The area will be filled with the sounds of bagpipes, the patter of Irish dancers, the honking of green plastic horns and the din of thousands of York countians celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Saturday.

The 30th Annual York Saint Patrick's Day Parade starts at 1 p.m. It is the centerpiece of a day filled with Irish festivities in the region. You can catch music at downtown venues, from Central Market to Maewyn's Irish Pub and Restaurant.

Watching people enjoy the celebration is the payoff for a year's work, said organizer Mary Yeaple.

"I live downtown, I love downtown," she said. "It's great to see people downtown and smiling. ... It's a good sense of community."

She said all of the volunteers who spend hours planning the parade do so for the same reason.

"Nobody's paid," she said. "We do this for the love of our community."

One of those volunteers is Daniel Reilly, who is in charge of organizing the parade order.

You don't want to see all the high school bands together. They have to be mixed in with the bagpipers and the floats. It's Reilly who makes sure there's a flow.

"There's a science to it," Yeaple said, "He does a great job of it."

This year, parade day entertainment includes Irish dancers from the NI Riain School of Irish Dance, the Hooley School of Irish Dance and Oh! Gill's Irish Dancers.

Other activities include caricatures, coloring pages, promotions at Central Market and blood pressure screenings.

Bryan Tate, vice president of philanthropy for the York County Community Foundation, is the grand marshall of this year's parade.

Yeaple hopes the activities and entertainment get people outside.

Donna Singley joined other members of the Kiltie Band of York in marching in Saturday’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.
Donna Singley joined other members of the Kiltie Band of York in marching in Saturday's Saint Patrick's Day Parade. (FLIPSIDE -- FILE)

"Everyone has been inside all winter," she said. "Spring is right around the corner."

- PATRICK ABDALLA FlipSide staff

If you go

What: 30th Annual York Saint Patrick's Day Parade

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Market Street in downtown York

Did you know

Facts about Ireland

As of 2012, the population of Ireland was 4,722,028. Nearly one in five Irish citizens - 1.084 million - live in Dublin

87.4 percent of Ireland's citizens are Roman Catholic, 4.2 percent don't identify a religion,

2.9 percent belong to the Church of Ireland, the rest of the population is made of other Christian denominations and unspecified religions.

In 1921, 26 southern counties broke off from the United Kingdom. Six northern counties remained.

The president, currently Michael D. Higgins, is elected to a seven-year term.

- www.cia.gov
Facts about St. Patrick

He is believed to have been born in 387 and died in 461.

He was born in Britain, a citizen of Rome.

Only two writings are said to be credited to him, his "Confession" and "Letter to Coroticus."

He was a slave for six years.

More than 450 churches in the United States are named for St. Patrick.

Facts about St. Patrick's Day

40 pounds of green dye are used to turn the Chicago River green for St. Patrick's Day

About $4.14 billion is spent for St. Patrick's Day activities in the United States.

39 percent of Americans say they celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

- History.com, Catholic.org

More Irish music

Friday Mudhook Brewing Company,

34 N. Cherry Lane, York, will have Nua from 9 to 11 p.m.

The York Symphony Orchestra and Irish Blessing will perform an Irish Cabaret Musicale at 6 p.m. at the Yorktowne Hotel Ballroom

48 E. Market St., York.


Maewyn's Irish Pub and Restaurant, 110 N. George St., York, will have several events throughout the day including the Ni Riain School of Irish Dance at 4 p.m. and Irish band Salt Hill.

Garry Owen Irish Pub and Restaurant, 126 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, will host Across the Pond, a local Irish and Scottish band at 10 p.m.

McClary's Pub, 130 W. Front St., Marietta, will have the Ogaham Stones at 9:30 p.m.

Mudhook Brewing Company will have Nua, 3 to 6 p.m.

The Hauser Estate Winery,

410 Cashtown Road, Biglerville, will host Across the Pond, 6 to

9 p.m.

Holy Hound Taproom, 57 W. Market St., York, will host Don Carn, who will perform Irish fiddle tunes noon to 3 p.m.

The Depot, 360 W. Cottage Place, York, hosts a free Garrahan's Ghost concert 8 p.m.

Sunday û Maewyn's has more Irish music on St. Paddy's day, with music from Nua from 2 to 5 p.m., Hooley School of Irish dance from 5 to

6 p.m. and Fire in the Glen from

7 to 10 p.m.

McClary's Pub will have Magill Irish Band, 1 to 4 p.m. and bagpipers, 4 to 6 p.m.

Holy Hound Taproom will host the Susquehanna Travelers performing Celtic music and Irish drinking songs 1 to 4 p.m.

For more St. Patrick's Day events, visit www.yorkblog.com/flipside.