Its Fun To Be Irish In March NJ Style

Dated: 03/07/2018

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Mr. Bojangles & Lucky at the Parade    

" Feast day of Saint Patrick, commemoration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland "

    The First Sunday in March kicks off St. Patrick’s Day for me a Jersey Shore gal.  This day kicks off the start of Parade season in New Jersey.  It’s a day to get your Irish on even if you’re not Irish at all.  Parade Day brings thousands of people into the little Boro of Belmar.  The weather isn’t usually very cooperative.  It’s usually very cold, rainy or snowy.  There are only a handful of times that the weather was pleasant.  And this Parade day on March 4, 2018 wasn’t any better.  But who cares!!!!!  The spirit is there, many dressed in traditional Irish attire to march or be part of the celebration.  The parade starts from Lake Como and makes its way North on Main Street.  Fun times, food vendors and lots of wonderful spirit fills the street.   It’s wonderful to see community come alive.  To come together to celebrate, bump into people you know, see families, their pets all come out to support the marchers.  This same spirit spills on and on into ever parade over NJ.   Every year there seem to be more parades to honor St. Pat’s, below the list goes on….

    New Jersey loves to celebrate their Irish Heritage  for such a tiny state, as 22 parades are planned during the month of March.

    Besides the Belmar parade last Sunday, Nutley had their 40th Anniversary parade on Saturday, March 3rd and so did Mount Holly where they partied in a heated tent behind the reviewing stand.  Competing with March 4th parade offerings were, Gloucester City and Rutherford held theirs on last week’s chilly Sunday.

    In the following weeks, more to come starting next Saturday, March 10th, in Ocean County, the very popular Seaside Heights parade.  It kicks off at Noon at the Boulevard at J Street.  The Morristown Parade expects about 70,000 people to attend begins at 12pm starting from South and James Streets.  The Union County parade the Marchers go down Morris to Roosevelt with the reviewing stand located at Morris and Caldwell kicking off at 1pm. 

    After all the fun, the parades being held on Sunday, March 11th will be in West Orange at 12:15pm beginning on Main St. to Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Eagle Rock Ave.  The Asbury Park Parade is getting bigger and bigger at the Jersey Shore, expect to see Zombies and bands on floats.  Tom Donovan, president of the Asbury Park Press is the Grand Marshall.

    The 5th annual Rumson parade, the Freehold parade, start their march at 1pm, Sunday, March 11th.  The Woodbridge parade where many local residents are honored and the Sommerville parade begin at 1:30pm.  The Bergenfield parade begins with a flag raising ceremony at 1pm, with the parade marching down Washington to downtown Bergenfield at 2pm.  The Clinton 5th annual parade has the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick set to march down Main St.  And the 10th annual Hackettstown parade, winds down the March 11th parades beginning at 3:30pm with Irish bands, community groups, fire depts., rescue groups, etc.

    New Jerseyan’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to the day and beyond with Newark holding their parade tradition begun in 1936 with the main march down Mulberry Street beginning on Friday, March 16th at 1pm ending at the reviewing stand near the Prudential Building. 

    Taking the day to celebrate St. Pat’s on the 17th  no parades scheduled for Saturday.  If you are NOT hung over or partied out from the day before, the South Amboy parade with over 20 bands, community members, local honorees, social groups start lining up on S. Pine Ave., then head towards Broadway.  The Keyport parade at 1pm on March 24th, also known as the Keyport Fire Department St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Keansburg steps off the borough hall and proceeds down Main Street to Applejack’s Bar at 1:30 on the 24th.  And Highlands caps off the month of celebrations at 2pm on Saturday, March 24th with nearly 100 matching units, consisting of bands, floats and Irish dancers.

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Lucy Korzelius

I got into the Home Dream profession in 1992 because of my passion for Real Estate. The love of buying, selling, architecture, design, lifestyles, etc...the ability to combine them and the desire to ....

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