'UNparade' scheduled in wake of St. Patrick's Day event cancellation

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

In light of the York St. Patrick's Day Parade being canceled for another year, another event will take its place.

The "UNparade Day" event at Central Market will bring together food, entertainment and fun to celebrate all things Irish.

"We’re so sad that the York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is canceled again this year, but we’d still like to celebrate the Irish season here at Central Market," organizers said, in a Facebook post published by Central Market York.

This year, the parade was canceled because of COVID-19 health concerns and a lack of volunteers to manage the parade. Although the parade has not happened since 2019 due to COVID-19 concerns, the lack of staffing this year also played a role in the cancellation.

The UNparade Day event is slated from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Central Market York, 34 W. Philadelphia St. 

The 36th Annual York St. Patrick's Day Parade advances down Market Street in York City, Saturday, March 16, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Family-friendly activities will include Irish dancers, bagpipe performances, vendor specials, face painting, shamrock balloon hats, coloring pages and other crafts.

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Additionally, volunteers with the York St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will be staffing a booth during Saturday's event. The 2023 parade is seeking volunteers, and interested individuals can contact the committee to help at YorkStPatParade@gmail.com.

Central Market is offering free parking passes to those who decorate their car with festive items. Email Cindy@CentralMarketYork.com for more information.

A full schedule of activities and events for UNparade Day can be found by visiting https://www.facebook.com/events/2232692963544885.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.