St. Patrick’s Day Parade set to kick off in Center City

Irish dancers, bands, and other groups will march down Market Street toward Penn's Landing.

The theme of this year's parade is ''St. Patrick, Let There Be Peace.''

The theme of 2023's parade was ''St. Patrick, Let There Be Peace.'' (Cory Sharber/WHYY)

This story originally appeared on 6abc.

Get ready to see a lot of green on the streets of Center City!

Philadelphia is holding its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday.

The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade dates back to 1771, which means the parade has been going strong in the city for over 250 years. It is the largest Philadelphia parade by number of participants with approximately 20,000 people marching and more than 200 groups represented. This year’s theme is St. Patrick, Bless Philadelphia with a New Dawn of Hope.

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The parade kicks off at 11:15 a.m. at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard.

Irish dancers, marching bands, youth groups, Irish Associations and other groups will march around City Hall, down Market Street toward Penn’s Landing with the performance stage outside Independence Mall. The parade ends on Front Street in Penns Landing.

Expect traffic delays and detours in the area.

The parade ends at 3 p.m.

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