Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland is now an international festival celebrating Irish heritage with dancing, parades, Irish food, green beer and shamrocks.

In Delaware County, there are numerous ways to 'go green' - from the annual Springfield St. Patrick's Parade to live music and dancing at our Irish Pubs and Restaurants. Here are a few fun ways to join the celebration:

Line the Streets at Springfield's Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade!
On Saturday March 12, starting at noon Springfield becomes Delco's own highway to Dublin as marching bands, dance troupes, mummers, and veteran's groups join lots of Leprechauns in a full-fledged strut saluting everything Irish and green!

Pre-parade entertainment and festivities begin at 11:30am at the reviwing stand on Saxer Avenue and will feature Tom Curtis and the Irish Step Dancers. The parade route will start on West Springfield and Britton Roads, proceeding down Springfield Road, and ending at the Springfield Firehouse at Saxer and Powell Streets.

Springfield's Parade is one of more than 100 St. Patrick's Day parades that are held across the United States; New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations.

But here in Delco the crowds have a blast as local marching bands bring powerful parade music to life.

There are often costumed characters like Mr. Peanut or a quartet of Leprechauns that draw the children like pied pipers! 


And after the parade, join the many heading for Maggie O'Neill's Irish Pub and Restaurant, a neighborhood favorite.  You'll find an extensive menu including Gaelic dishes like Irish Beef Stew, Fish and Chips, Shepherd's Pie, anger and Mash along with a traditional Irish breakfast. 1062 Pontiac Rd., Drexel Hill.

FUN FACT:
Since around the ninth or 10th century, people in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick on March 17.

Interestingly, however, the first parade held to honor St. Patrick’s Day took place not in Ireland but in the United States. 




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Stop by the Blarney Stone 
The Blarney Stone Pub is a popular spot for Delconians. It offers an American menu as well as authentic Irish fare like Welsh rarebit with Guinness cheddar sauce!  Add in some games, live music and very friendly people - and you have the perfect recipe for fun! 



According to Irish lore, the “Blarney Stone” is said to give the “gift of gab” to all who kiss it.

A wee bit of that gift has traveled to the Blarney Stone Pub where hardworking townspeople, local university students, and passersby, have shared in plentiful conversations while enjoying fine food and spirits.

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE 
1227 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382
Open Seven Days a Week
11 A.M. to 2 A.M.

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Everything's Yummy at McKenna’s Kitchen 
This outstanding restaurant is a BYOB that is always busy...and to celebrate their Irish heritage, there will be tasty food specials from 7am to closing...plus music and dancing at night to honor St. Patrick's Day! 



The story of McKennas begins with the story of Ann Gallagher who left Ardara, Donegal to come to America, with a passion for knitting -- and dream of one day opening a store.

Soon after arriving, Ann married and raised a family in Narberth...all while knitting amazing pieces for people on the main line.  And her dream of opening a store finally came true in 1980, when she opened McKenna's Irish Shoppe. Locals tell many stories about Mrs. McKenna...including knitting an Aran Sweater that Jackie Kennedy famously wore in many pictures. One store expanded to two...but as the years passed and the Internet took off, the Haverford store, then run by Ann's daughter Nancy and her husband Pat (or Squee!) was closed...and re-purposed into a restaurant and market for families to come for fine home-cooked Irish and American food.

Chef Lee McCarron, born in Derry, Ireland, focuses on food that is fresh, never frozen, locally acquired and 95% of the fare originates within a 200 mile radius of the restaurant.

Here is a sampling of Irish dishes on the menu...all just $13-18 dollars

  • Guinness Braised Beef
  • Fish N Chips
  • Momma Cleary's Fried Chicken
  • Chicken Clare... Chicken breast topped with a Rasher, Irish Cheddar and Provolone Cheeses, served over Green Beans, and Root Vegetable Smush.
  • Pan-seared Salmon over Wild Rice
  • Shephard's Pie
  • Irish Fry (2 Bacon Rasher, 2 Bangor, 2 Eggs, Baked Beans, Grilled Tomato, Black and White Pudding, Home Fried, Sauteed Mushrooms and Brown Bread.
  • Bangers, Beans and Chips

LOCATION: AT THE CROSSROADS
1901 E. Darby Road, Havertown, PA 19083
610-853-2202
McKenna's Kitchen Website

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Take Home Irish Treats From Linvilla Orchards
I had my first Irish Potatoes when a co-worker brought some to office.  She got them at Linvilla Orchards and I swear I heard angels singing Danny Boy, and a quote box sprung open in my brain saying "How the heck did you miss these unbelievable morsels of deliciousness?!"
Needless to say, I have since become a connoisseur - and Linvilla's, which are always hand-made on the premises, are still my favorites. 

Irish potatoes and other Irish favorites will be available at their store the entire week of St. Patrick's Day.  It's open daily, 9am-5pm til March 4th, then 9am-6pm the rest of the month.



So if you're looking for sensational 'take home' Irish treats -- stop by the Linvilla Orchards Farm Market on March 17th to pick up a variety of their exclusive Irish treats including Soda Bread (pictured above) and Irish Potatoes.

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063
(610) 876-7116
Linvilla Orchards Website

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Kids-Go-Irish Green at the Sweet Frog
Take your little ones to Glen Mills for an Irish Mint Frozen Yogurt...(you'll love it, too!)


Check out Sweet Frog’s selection of creamy, delicious frozen yogurt, and for St. Patty's Day, try the Irish Mint.

This is a super fun place to visit with family and friends. It's alive with bright colors, a variety of clothing and toys to purchase, and there are regular visits from love-able mascots Scoop and Cookie. (pictured below)

At Sweet Frog, you'll find a large variety of delicious flavors, a huge toppings bar, and plenty of seating.

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
600 Town Centre Drive
Glen Mills, PA 19342
610-459-1379