POTTSVILLE — For the second year in a row, there won’t be a St. Patrick’s Day parade in the city, but officials are inviting residents to participate in contests and a scavenger hunt to celebrate the holiday.

The yearly parade has been canceled again due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a flyer sent out by the city.

However, Mayor James T. Muldowney, the city recreation commission and the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 2, the parade’s organizer, are collaborating on alternate events.

The contests are Best Wearing of the Green, where residents can share photos of their best St. Patrick’s Day outfit; Best St. Patrick’s Day Home, where residents can share photos of their decorations; and Best St. Patrick’s Day Pet Photo, where residents can share photos of their pets in St. Patrick’s Day-themed attire.

From March 1 to March 15, residents can find Irish-themed clues and trivia questions on the Facebook pages for the City of Pottsville, Pottsville Recreation and City of Pottsville’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

In addition, residents are invited to share their favorite Irish stories and expressions by emailing

Gift certificates from several city businesses will be awarded to the winners in a virtual watch party on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, officials said.

Emersyn Samay, Pottsville, and her mother, Melissa Samay, Pottsville, pick up candy thrown to them along West Market Street in March 2019.


Details on the winner categories or prizes wasn’t available Wednesday.

Organizers canceled last year’s parade a day before it was scheduled to occur.

A few days earlier, longtime organizer Leo F. Haley had passed away. Haley, who was 85, was an integral part of the parade’s creation in 1975 and continued to be involved in its planning, even last year.

The deadline to submit photo entries is 2 p.m. March 15 and participants should include their name, address, phone number and email. Officials said entries can be emailed to

More information can be obtained by calling 570-628-4417 or emailing

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