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A King and Queen are crowned in Allentown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - St. Patrick's Day…it's all about celebrating Irish heritage and pride.

"Irish heritage is just very special," said Diane Mascari.

At this gathering at the Allentown Fairgrounds people wore traditional attire and enjoyed performances by bagpipes.

"It's really important to keep the heritage going," said Phillip Ferguson.

It’s a heritage rich with strong ties to religion, family, and, of course, good food.

"Corn beef and cabbage. I love it," said Ferguson.

Friday's celebration was also an opportunity to crown the 60th King and Queen of the Allentown St. Patrick's Day parade which will take place on Sunday.

"We like to highlight the contributions that the people of Irish Heritage made to this area," said John Chayn.

The Kents have contributed a lot to the community. They have raised seven children, and have 20 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

"Being able to get everybody together like this, and everyone is Irish right now. She's a lot of Irish, I'm a little bit Irish but everybody is Irish. I think that is the best part," said King Colbert Kent.

And that’s the point…coming together as a community to celebrate a culture, even if you aren't a wee bit Irish.

For more info on this weekend's events in Allentown click here.


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