Irish pride bringing together campus and city

By: Jay Yeaple

The 33rd anniversary of the York St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held in downtown York, will  take place on Saturday, March 12.

The parade and related special events including Irish dance performances, merchant promotions, special menu items, and more, draws an estimated 10,000 people from the surrounding area.

The volunteer based parade committee works with a number of local organizations and businesses to provide a fun experience for everyone involved.

Among the York community who come out to participate in this event are York College students and faculty members, who not only watch the parade but often march in it or volunteer for the event.

The Best Buddies student organization at York College is one such entry in the parade, and photos taken each year show everyone having a great time.

Community engagement has become a large focus for York College and is undertaken through shuttle services to events such as First Friday, interaction with local coffee shops and art venues, as well as the orientation week walk through the city to show off the interesting places and activities that the city of York has to offer.

The College Town Takeover initiative is a collaboration between Penn State York, York College of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Area Community College, and the city of York combined efforts to encourage a closer relationship between schools and the off-campus community. This initiative also encourages businesses within the city to become more student-friendly.  

The parade is another way that college students can interact with the community, spread the word about York College, and enjoy the holiday.

For more event information, the website may be found here:

The parade has a Facebook page and a Twitter account @YorkStPatParade which can be followed for updates. The official hashtag is #yspdp. 

Featured photograph: York’s 32nd St.Patricks day parade held on March 14, 2015.


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