York St. Patrick's Day Parade to return for 36th year
Festivities will paint the York City streets green, white and orange on Saturday, March 16, for the 36th Annual York St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The parade will kick off at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Market and Penn streets. It will travel east on Market to the intersection of Market and Queen Street.
Volunteers stepped up to keep the York City tradition alive after the parade committee announced in June 2018 that a lack of help threatened to end the parade. The support should keep the parade alive for the foreseeable future, organizers have said.
The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Mary Yeaple — the city's special events coordinator who helped save the parade in 1991 as part of a small committee that took over the responsibility.
Even before the start of the parade, the city will be full of festive events.
Various dance groups will perform around the city, including Oh! Gill's Irish Dance team from 11 a.m. to noon at Central Market; Paloma School of Irish Dance from 11:30 a.m. to noon at Martin Library; Ni Riain School of Irish Dance from noon to 12:30 p.m. at Cherry Lane; and McGinley School of Irish Dance from noon to 12:30 p.m. at Penn Market.
Road closures: Some streets will be closed off or have parking restrictions leading up to and during the parade.
Market Street will be closed from Belvidere Avenue to Penn Street starting at 10 a.m. The following streets will be closed starting at 11:30 a.m. until the end of the parade:
- Market Street from Penn Street to Queen Street
- George Street from Philadelphia Street to King Street
- Intersecting/cross streets will be closed beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Parking will be restricted on Market Street from Belvidere Avenue to Penn Street starting at 9 a.m. and on Market from Penn Street to Queen Street and on George Street from Philadelphia Street to King Street after 11 a.m. Any vehicle parked on these streets after the specified time will be subject to a fine and towing.