Sharon's second annual parade will start at 6 P.M. on Saturday, March 16.

The family friendly "Slainte Sharon" kicks off at PSU Shenango campus, and the parade route will end at The Original Quaker Steak & Lube in Sharon.

The name come from popular Gaelic toast 'Slainte' which means good health, or to your health, to cheer on the city. 

The parade will support local animal charities, and promote Irish Heritage.

"The iron peddlers and steel workers and coal miners when they left Ireland during the famine, and eventually ended up here, we're the backbone of the Valley," Ted Miller, an Irish historian of the Shenago Valley said.

The city is inviting the public to come out and bring items to support local animal charities which include the Shenango Valley Animal Shelter, Tails of Hope, Strayhaven Animal Shelter and Animal Protection League of Western PA. Each of these charities will have representatives judging the parade participants.

This year the new "Lucky Leprechaun Dash" will kick off the parade, coordinated by Cycle Life Studio in Sharon. That event is a fun run that will take place before the parade on the parade route. Racers are encouraged to dress in green, gold, or anything else that evokes St. Patrick's Day.

The dash will take place around 5:45 P.M.

After the parade, green fireworks will be set off around 7:30 in the evening. The date was purposefully scheduled for March 16 so that it did not interfere with other St. Patrick's day events in the Shenango Valley.