Released: March 17, 2023
Delaware County Council wishes everyone a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
Saint Patrick’s Day, celebrated annually on March 17, is the anniversary of the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle who lived during the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years!
Interestingly, the first Saint Patrick’s Day parade took place not in Ireland but in America. Historical records show that a Saint Patrick’s Day parade and celebration was held on March 17, 1601 in a Spanish colony in what is now St. Augustine, Florida.
In honor of this popular tradition, Delaware Council Chair Dr. Monica Taylor, Vice Chair Elaine Paul Schaefer, and Councilwoman Christine Reuther were thrilled to join District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer, Register of Wills Rachel Ezzell Berry, Director of Emergency Services Timothy Boyce, and other state and local elected officials at the 2023 Springfield Township Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 11.
Thousands of Delaware County residents joined the festivities despite the cold and rain, with many fraternal, school, church, and community groups, boy scout and girl scout troops, fire companies, high school marching bands, Irish Dance groups, pipe and drum bands, string bands, and local business entertaining the crowd along the mile-long parade route.
Congratulations to the Springfield Fire Company, who served as the parade’s Grand Marshal in honor of their recent 100th year of service to Springfield Township.
It was a pleasure meeting many of the residents along the parade route!