press photos by Tim GilmanThe MacKay Pipe Band, of south Bethlehem and led by drum major Lee Evett, marches down Main Street during the Celtic Alliance Parade of Shamrocks on March 11.
Bridget Caranajao of Bethlehem and her Cub Scout son, Brady, of Pack 343, walk in the annual Parade of Shamrocks through Bethlehem with an Irish flag in hand.
Mabel Markovsky and Jocelyn Zile of Girl Scouts Troop 8118 in Bethlehem are bundled up together for the bitter cold as they watch the Parade of Shamrocks near the end of the procession in which they had been participants.
Kyra Barron, of New Tripoli, wears a green costume and carries emerald balloons in support of the Lehigh Valley Rugby teams of men and women which play at Monocacy Park in Bethlehem. Rugby is one of the most popular team sports in Ireland.
Boy Scouts Troop 191 of Center Valley walk past Moravian College’s Foy Hall on their way to the parade route ending under the Hill-to-Hill Bridge. The bundled up parade participants came prepared for the frigid temperatures.
Karen Appleby is bundled up in winter clothing and St. Patrick’s Day decor for the seventh annual Parade of Shamrocks. “I’ve been to every Bethlehem St. Patrick’s Day parade in cold or heat,’’ said the Bethlehem resident who was proud to add with a big smile, “I’m Irish too.”
Winter cold no match for Irish spirit
The seventh annual Parade of Shamrocks in Bethlehem, presented by the Celtic Cultural Alliance, was held despite the bitter cold March 11. Both spectators and participants were bundled up for the St. Patty’s celebration in downtown Bethlehem. The highlight of the annual procession is its march along historic Main Street where a large crowd lines the popular thoroughfare. This year’s 1 p.m. parade seemed to end early, perhaps with groups walking faster and some no-show participants. However, the pride of the Irish remained untarnished.