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8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look at Valley Arts

The 64th Allentown St. Patrick’s Parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. March 19. The parade features 10 pipe bands, eight divisions and more than 2,000 marchers from schools, community groups, organizations and companies from the Lehigh Valley.

The parade forms at the Allentown Fairgrounds track near the Liberty and 19th streets gate, proceeds west on Liberty, north on 19th Street, west on Tilghman Street to 25th Street, south on 25th Street, east on Liberty Street and disbands at the Fairgrounds’ 19th Street gate.

The Irish flag-raising was at 11:45 a.m. March 17, City Hall Plaza, Allentown. Festivities included bagpipe music, Irish step-dancers, Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk and Allentown City Council members.

The Coronation Celebration of Tina and Frank Ford as King and Queen of the Allentown St. Patrick’s Parade began at 7 p.m. March 17, Agri-Plex, Allentown Fairgrounds. Bagpipers and step-dancers entertained.

Irish Cultural Community Day, free and open to the public, noon March 18, Agri-Plex, with Irish dancers, hurling demonstrations, Celtic games, face-painting, music, an “Irish passport” to have stamped, poster contest awards presentation, and snacks and soft drinks.

St. Patrick’s Sunday Mass, celebrated by The Most Reverend Alfred A. Schlert, Bishop of Allentown, 9:15 a.m. March 19, Immaculate Conception Church, 501 Ridge Avenue, Allentown.

Coronation Celebration ticket information: https://www.allentownstpatricksparade.com

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Frank Ford and Tina Ford