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    Saint Patrick's Day Festivities Kick Off with Parades

    By By Vickie Frantz, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    March 12, 2012, 8:56:22 AM EDT

    Pennsylvania and Ohio are among the first states to hold annual Saint Patrick's Day parades this year.

    Scranton, Pa.

    The Saint Patrick's Day events in Scranton will begin with a Catholic mass at the Saint Peter's Cathedral on Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m. EST. Following the mass, the "rite of spring" Saint Patrick's Day parade will begin at 11:45 a.m. EST.

    There will be floats, marchers, bagpipe players, high school band musicians and string band musicians performing in the parade. There will be about 12,000 participants at the parade this year.

    "People performing in and watching the parade may want to bundle up. It will be partly sunny on Saturday with temperatures near freezing in the morning hours. There will be a high temperature of 39 degrees F later in the day," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Meghan Evans.

    Dublin, Ohio

    Dublin will also celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a parade on Saturday. The day will being with a Lion's Club breakfast from 7-11 a.m. EST. The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. EST. There will be about 100 parade units at this year's event.

    About 20,000 people are expected to attend the parade. Attendees can expect great weather on Saturday.

    "There will be a full day of sunshine in Dublin with a high of 51 degrees," Evans said.

    Philadelphia, Pa.

    Philadelphia will celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with a Catholic mass held Sunday, March, 11 at 9:30 a.m. EST at the Saint Patrick's Church followed by the parade at 12 p.m. EST. This year's parade will be Philadelphia's 242nd. The first Saint Patrick's Day parade place in 1771.

    "The weather for Sunday will be mostly sunny and warmer. There will be a high near 60 degrees F," said Evans.

    Other State's Parades

    There will be parades taking place on Saturday, March, 17 in the cities of Kansas City, Mo., Hot Springs, Ark., San Francisco, Calif., Savannah, Ga., New York, N.Y., and Chicago, Ill.

    Boston, Mass., will celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with a parade on Sunday, March 18.

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