East Deer, Lower Burrell gear up for Big St. Patrick’s Day events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

As the last vestiges of winter recede, the towns of East Deer and Lower Burrell in the Alle-Kiski Valley are abuzz with excitement.

The reason? The grand St. Patrick’s Day celebrations that are set to take place in these vibrant communities. This year, the festivities promise to be bigger, better, and more Irish than ever before!

A Celebration of Irish Heritage

St. Patrick’s Day is more than just a holiday; it’s a celebration of Irish heritage and culture. In the Alle-Kiski Valley, this celebration takes on a unique local flavour.

The communities of East Deer and Lower Burrell come together to honour their shared Irish roots and create a memorable experience for residents and visitors alike.

The Significance of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated every year on March 17, is a cultural and religious holiday that commemorates the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

It’s a day to celebrate Irish culture and heritage, and for those of Irish descent, it’s a way to connect with their ancestral roots.

Lower Burrell’s Biggest Parade Yet!

Lower Burrell’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is stepping it up this year, promising to be the biggest one yet.  Starting at 11 am at Stewart Elementary School, the parade winds its way down Leechburg Road to Hillcrest Plaza.

Expect over 40 local groups to participate, with everything from marching bands and firetrucks to community organizations and adorable kiddos.

Lower Burrell gear up for Big St. Patrick's Day events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

Expect to see floats adorned with shamrocks, leprechauns, and all things Irish. Local schools, businesses, and community groups will participate, making it a true community event. The parade is a visual spectacle, a riot of green and gold, filled with music, laughter, and cheer.

The Participants in Parade

The parade will feature a variety of participants, from local schools and businesses to community groups and clubs. Each float will be uniquely decorated, showcasing the creativity and spirit of the community.

Expect to see everything from traditional Irish symbols like shamrocks and leprechauns to unique interpretations of the St. Patrick’s Day theme.

Post-Parade Activities

Following the parade, there will be a host of activities for all ages. From traditional Irish music and dance performances to games and crafts for the kids, there’s something for everyone.

And let’s not forget the food! Local vendors will be serving up traditional Irish fare as well as local favourites.

Traditional Irish Music and Dance

One of the highlights of the post-parade activities will be the performances of traditional Irish music and dance.

Local musicians and dance troupes will take to the stage to entertain the crowd with their talent and skill. From the lively tunes of the fiddle to the intricate steps of the Irish jig, these performances are a treat for the senses.

East Deer gear up for Big St. Patrick's Day events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

Games and Crafts for Kids

For the younger attendees, there will be a variety of games and crafts. These activities are not only fun but also a great way for kids to learn about Irish culture and traditions.

From making their own shamrock crafts to participating in a leprechaun treasure hunt, there’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained.

Food and Drink

No celebration would be complete without food and drink, and the St. Patrick’s Day events in East Deer and Lower Burrell are no exception.

Local vendors will be serving up a variety of delicious options, from traditional Irish dishes like corned beef and cabbage to local favourites. And of course, there will be plenty of green treats to go around!

The Impact on the Community

These St. Patrick’s Day events are more than just a day of fun. They’re a significant boost to the local economy.

Local businesses see a surge in customers, and the events draw visitors from across the region. Moreover, they foster a sense of community spirit and pride that lasts long after the festivities have ended.


So, whether you’re of Irish descent or just a fan of all things green, mark your calendars for the St. Patrick’s Day events in East Deer and Lower Burrell.

Come for the parade, stay for the fun, and be a part of this vibrant celebration of Irish culture in the heart of the Alle-Kiski Valley.