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Waking to birdsong on the first of March means not only that spring is around the corner but also that pipe bands will soon be marching down Broadway in Jim Thorpe for the 16th annual Carbon County St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Alec Campbell Division 1 of Carbon County and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Mollie Maguire Division 1 of Carbon County, an all O’Donnell cast will lead the parade.

Grand Marshal Peggy Sue O’Donnell will be accompanied by her Aides: Jean O’Donnell, Joan O’Donnell, Michael O’Donnell, and Francis “Dubber” O’Donnell. Check out this great Times-News article about Peggy Sue.

While the parade starts at 1 p.m. Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 10, Irish eyes will be smiling and singing on Saturday at the 4:30 p.m. Mass at Immaculate Conception Church. It has long been a cherished tradition for Hibernians and all those who have a drop of Irish blood coursing through their veins.

The parade kicks off on Sunday at 1 p.m. back at the church with a blessing, and then a stop at the old jail to lay a wreath in memory of the Molly Maguires hung there in 1877, before heading down Broadway.

If you’re in town on Friday night, be sure to check out Enter the Haggis at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.