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PHOTOS: Pittston City St. Patrick’s Parade, 03/05/16

PHOTOS: Pittston City St. Patrick’s Parade, 03/05/16
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It may not be as long-running or as well-known as the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre parades, but there was just as much green attire and Irish spirit on display at the third annual Pittston City St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 5.

After it disappeared for decades, the parade returned to downtown Pittston on March 8, 2014 and has grown ever since. Calling itself the “Quality Tomato Capital of the World,” the city is typically pictured when decked out in red for the annual Pittston Tomato Festival, which is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 18-Sunday, Aug. 21 this year, though in March, it’s as green as the approaching spring weather.

The inaugural Leprechaun Loop, a one-mile walk/race that started at William and North Main streets and looped around the Christopher Columbus statue, kicked off just before the parade began to benefit the Care and Concern Ministries of St. John the Evangelist Church.

Scranton’s St. Patrick’s Parade, the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country, will be held on Saturday, March 12, while Wilkes-Barre’s parade will be held on Sunday, March 13.