Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Philadelphia's Saint Patrick's Day Parade is the second oldest of its kind in the country, second only to New York's Parade. It's been a Philadelphia tradition since 1771.

The parade moves from the staging area on JFK Boulevard at 16th Street, north on 16th turning onto the Parkway and continues to Eakins Plaza for its TV and VIP performances. I prefer to shoot the parade near where it begins because we can shoot for half an hour or more BEFORE the parade steps off. I'll have press passes for half a dozen photographers. The parade starts at noon. Daylight Savings STARTS on Sunday at 2 a.m.; set your clock ahead one hour.

http://www.philadelphiastpatsparade.com/

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At the 2011 parade I asked Victor Guida (age 8, above) of Devon if I could take his photo (his mom was sitting next to him on the wall around LOVE Park). Victor said, "No." NO?! I laughed. His mom began laughing too, and apologized for her son's reply. She explained, "He's shy at times." I told her what he said was quite okay and then I asked Victor if he'd take MY photo. Victor agreed. I set my camera on Auto and handed it to him. He took my photo and I showed him the result. I gave in another try, and another. He handled the D70S with the[masked]mm lens quite well. Can I take YOUR photo now, I asked. "Okay," he replied. I left my camera on Auto for my shot. The flash fired and I got nice fill light under the hat brim.

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  • Dave

    I had a really great time! Thanks for putting this together.

    March 11, 2013

  • Michelle A.

    Oh yes...it WAS a perfectly terrific day--but for the fact that the celebration was SO LOUD that I couldn't even FEEL my phone vibrating in my pocket and even when I DID see that there was a message, I couldn't hear it to know who was calling. It wasn't until the parade ended that I was able to catch up with Chris, who had been WITH us all day, but incognito! So happy that we finally met.
    Tons of fresh air and fun during the day. Were OTHERS there too?

    March 11, 2013

  • Bill A.

    Michelle has some WONDERful photos from the parade but she first has to process those she took Saturday. As the day went, Dave, Michelle, Paul found one another and worked together for most of all of the parade. Turns out CHRIS was working beside us and we didn't know that until AFTER the parade had finished and we met for a chat in the food court at Liberty Place. The CHAT was enjoyable and informative.

    I've created TWO albums for this event—one for photos of the marchers, and a second for photos of the watchers. I plan to post roughly ten photos in each of the two albums. If each of us post some of our best photos, other members might view them all, and hopefully comment. If we post too MANY photos, members will very likely become overwhelmed by the number, stop viewing, and possibly never see some of the photos that are posted several days from now...like Michelle's.

    March 11, 2013

  • Chris B

    Beautiful day. Next year is a must for everyone!

    March 10, 2013

    • Bill A.

      Even if our numbers stay the same, do we REALLY want all 270+ joining us? Maybe we should get a permit and MARCH. *GRIN*

      March 11, 2013

  • Paul M.

    A fantastic day to be Irish. Colour and vibrance, with lots to shoot.

    March 10, 2013

  • Scott W.

    Something came up so there is no way I will make it in time. I may be in the city later so if anyone is pubbing it late afternoon, please let me know. Sorry for the late notice.

    March 10, 2013

  • Susan K.

    not sure if ill be able to make it

    March 9, 2013

  • Scott W.

    Don't forget to set you clocks ahead 1 hour......

    March 9, 2013

  • Paul M.

    According to the web site, the parade starts at 12 Noon from park area. It will be shown on TV from 1 - 4pm which corresponds to the Performing Area in Logan Square.
    Meeting time at Love Park?? Noon??

    March 9, 2013

  • Scott W.

    I'm still planning on going down. Hit me up if anyone wants to carpool.

    March 9, 2013

    • Scott W.

      I'll be driving down from Downingtown and past King of Prussia.

      March 9, 2013

  • Chris B

    Is it too late?

    March 9, 2013

  • Bo O.

    Conflict of time. Not able to go this time.

    March 9, 2013

  • Ajay

    Cant make it this time. Have a great time!

    March 9, 2013

  • Paul M.

    Looking forward to meeting new photo buffs.

    March 7, 2013

  • Scott W.

    Wanted to pass this along. Parking here is always $5 on the weekend. Scroll down on the site to see the rates. Love Park is about 3 blocks from here. I don't think many people know about the garage as I've always got a spot. With the parade though, it may fill up so might be worth while getting there a bit early.

    http://philapark.org/locator/location-details.php?FacilityId=532&sLat=39.956962&sLng=-75.16437&sN=1500%20Spring%20St

    February 23, 2013

  • Scott W.

    I'm tentatively in. Will know better that week.

    February 23, 2013

  • Bill A.

    The parade is on a Sunday, so Sunday parking rules apply and public transportation is on a weekend schedule. You can plan a trip using public transportation at www.septa.org. YOU can take the 55 Bus from Horsham Business Center to Olney Transportation Center then the Broad Street Subway to City Hall.

    February 19, 2013

  • Jayasree

    I never visited Philli, where do we park? How difficult to get parking? Is there public transportation from Horsham, P.A?
    Sorry, too many questions -:)
    It sounds to be pretty exciting though.

    February 19, 2013

  • Chris

    I'll be at the Temple basketball game.

    February 18, 2013

  • Bill A.

    The parade beGINS at 1 p.m. but I start shooting around noon. If it's a cold day, even if the parade runs to 4 p.m. we can cut short our event at 3. Some folks can arrive later and shoot from 2 until 4. In years past I've gone to Rittenhouse Square or Olde City and continued shooting until dusk, often with members of the group.

    February 17, 2013

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