BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

St. Patrick's Day was being celebrated early in the Lehigh Valley.

The flag of Ireland was raised this morning at Payrow Plaza on East Church Street in Bethlehem.

Mayor John Callahan was joined by the members of the O'Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance.

Officials in Allentown also raised the Irish flag this morning at City Hall Plaza.

Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Congressman Charlie Dent were on hand for that ceremony.

Allentown will hold its annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday.