March 17, 1979: Thousands lined the streets of downtown Scranton on a overcast Saturday for the 18th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Maurice Cawley, a member of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Association of Lackawanna County, told the Times that it seemed that the crowd was one of largest in the parade’s history.

The parade association awarded numerous honors to participants. Taking top honors for best float was AAA Motor Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania for “Safety in Driving.” The best overall drum and bugle corps went to Queen City Queens of Warwick, New York, while Pittston Area High School Marching Band was named best high school marching band. The honor for best high school twirlers went to Dunmore, and Miss Devilette of Old Forge High School was named best featured performer.
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Parade Day Front Pages – March 8, 2018

Throwback Thursday – Parade Day 1968 – March 8, 2018

A Friendly Shindy – an account of St. Patrick’s Day in Scranton from 1868 – March 12, 2016

Vice Presidents and Friendly Sons – March 14, 2015

Robert Kennedy visits Scranton – March 17, 2014

Gerry Adams and Scranton – May 1, 2014

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