The 2012 Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Philadelphia is home to the second oldest St. Patrick's Day parade in the country, and on March 11, 2012, the tradition continues. The Philadelphia area is home to a tremendous population of Irish-Americans, and the 2012 Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day parade will be attended widely by those looking to celebrate their Irish heritage. Read on for all the details on the 2012 Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day parade, including details on when the parade will air on television.

When Does the Parade Start?

The 2012 Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day parade will kick off at noon on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at 16th and JFK Boulevard in Center City, Philadelphia. The parade route will then turn onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and move northwest towards the Art Museum.

Parade Highlights

The 2012 Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day parade's Grand Marshall is John Dougherty, IBEW Local 98 business manager. Additionally, the parade will feature nearly 200 different groups that will march down the Ben Franklin Parkway.

Best Places to Watch the Parade Live

There are plenty of great spots to watch the parade live, as long as you show up early. Crowds gather quickly, so plan to arrive early. Some of the more popular spots for parade watching include the starting point at 16th and JFK Boulevard, along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and most certainly near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Parade Television Coverage of the 2012 Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade

For those who cannot make it to the parade in person, fret not. The 2012 Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day parade will be televised live from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on CWPhilly57. Additionally, the parade will stream live on CBSPhilly. The parade will re-air on March, 17, 2012 - St. Patrick's Day - on CBS 3 from 9 a.m. to noon, and again on March 18, 2012, on CWPhilly57 from noon to 3 p.m.

This St. Patrick's Day, celebrate Irish heritage in Philadelphia with the second oldest St. Patrick's day parade in the country. There will be plenty of bands, floats, and personalities to keep your family entertained for hours. Additionally, there will be food vendors along the parade route, designed to keep your family refreshed while you enjoy the festivities.

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