2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Irish Events

2017  St Patrick’s Day Parades and Irish Events

March is the time for the Irish Americans to plan and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with all its festivities, parades, entertainment, and of course Corn Beef and Cabbage. It’s also a time that everyone becomes Irish – many join in with their Irish friends for a trip to the local Irish pub for some Irish beer and entertainment and to enjoy some of New Jersey’s finest parades.

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland is known for bringing Christianity to Ireland. Others have recognized him for ridding Ireland of snakes. This may be mostly a myth as snakes were probably symbolic of putting an end to pagan practices. Today, St. Patrick’s Day has come to be considered the start of Spring for many.

We will continue to update this information throughout the month of March. 

St. Patrick’s Day Parades on March 4th and 5th 

Nutley St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 4
Official site: http://www.nutleyirish.com/parade.html
The Nutley Irish American Association is holding Nutley’s 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 4th.  The Nutley Irish American Association operates all year long, giving scholarships and various donations to the local community. There will be an Investiture Mass at St. Mary’s Church at 10:00 am. The parade will then begin promptly at 1:00 pm, starting at Harrison Avenue and Brookline Avenue, traveling west to Franklin Avenue and proceeding north to Chestnut Street. It will feature many public servants, school organizations, and other influential individuals who are active in the community. Deidre Hollywood, one of the parade’s organizers, stated that “We expect to have about 5,000 people attending and participating in the parade.” The event welcomes families and citizens of the surrounding area to come out and enjoy the festivities during this fantastic Irish-themed holiday season.

Belmar’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 5
Official site: http://www.belmarparade.com/
In 1974, the citizens of Belmar took part in their very first St. Patrick’s Day celebration, formed and led by the brand new Jerry Lynch Club. Over the next 42 years, the celebration and parade continued to grow immensely. Within the past decade, the Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade has featured around 5,500 marchers and over 200,000 spectators, becoming one of the largest and most well-attended St. Patrick’s Day events in New Jersey.
This year, the parade, which will travel east along North Boulevard, begins at 12:30 pm. Belmar’s enduring tradition continues despite rain, snow, sleet, or shine; nothing can stop it. The parade features numerous individuals who work hard to improve Belmar’s already-impressive city, including public servants, school organizations, and Grand Marshal Ed Donovan and Deputy Grand Marshal Miriam Sheridan. Belmar welcomes families and friends from various destinations to take a trip over to the shore this Sunday for some traditional Irish fun.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades on March 11th and 12t

Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 11
Official site: http://www.paradeday.com/
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade held in Morristown every year is an important tradition in Morris County. In 1780, in this very town, George Washington gave his militiamen St. Patrick’s Day off, following a long, cold, and grueling winter. This marked the very first St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in the country. Today, thousands of people travel out to South Street, between Town Hall and Morristown High School, as the streets are flooded with green and orange. The festivities begin at noon, so you’ll want to get out there early to find a good place to station yourself for the parade.

Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 11
Official site: http://www.ocstpatricksdayparade.com/
Seaside Heights is home to Ocean County’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which travels throughout Summer Avenue and hooks onto North Ocean Avenue until I Street. Countless people flock to the Jersey Shore each year to take part in this endless tradition, despite the rain, shine, cold, or heat. The parade begins promptly at noon, but you’ll want to get out there early to ensure a prime viewing spot.

Sea Isle City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Party – March 11
Official sites: http://visitsicnj.com/featured-event
Out in Sea Isle City, the St. Patrick’s Day festivities commence every year, rain or shine. This year, the annual parade begins at 3:30 pm, but the party lasts all day and night. Countless families and couples travel out to Sea Isle City dressed in green to take part in the Irish-themed tradition by the beach. Of course, food and drinks and a ton of other goodies are available on the sidelines while you wait for the parade to begin. The parade will be traveling from 83rd Street to 63rd Street & Landis Avenue.

Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 11
Official site: http://unioncountystpatricksdayparade.com/info.html
Union County’s own St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Elizabeth begins bright and early at 9 am, with The Thornstick Mass in conjunction with Elizabeth A.O.H. St. Patrick’s Church. The parade is underway at exactly 1:00 pm, showcasing active members of the community and the real Irish spirit. It will begin on Morris Avenue along Commerce and Jeanette Avenues, and proceed east on Morris Avenue to Stuyvesant Avenue, ending at Roosevelt Avenue. This year’s celebration will also feature The New Jersey Hall of Fame Traveling Museum and the “Kid’s Zone,” which is fun for all ages.

 Hackettstown St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 12
Official Site: http://hackettstownbid.com/stpatricksparade/
The Hackettstown Business Improvement District is bringing the 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade to town, Sunday, March 12, 2017. This Irish-American tradition attracts more than 14,000 visitors—making this parade one of the biggest events in Hackettstown. Streets fill with enthusiasm as families, residents, and visitors line up along the curb, in store windows and porches to celebrate and witness the festive parade. The parade route will begin in front of Post Office 120 Grand Ave., around right at the corner onto Main Street toward David’s Country Inn and bear right onto Mountain Ave., march down to Union Cemetery. Parade kickoff at 3:30 pm.

Asbury Park Saint Patrick’s Day Parade – March 12
Official site: http://asburyparkstpatricksparade.com/
Asbury Park’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade has grown to become an incredible tradition down the shore. With thousands of spectators attending the event in 2016, Asbury Park is anticipating another great turn-out this year. Families, friends, and couples come out to enjoy the Irish-themed excitement, chowing down on some local grub and watching countless individuals, including public servants, school organizations, and marching bands, travel through the city.
The 2017 parade begins at 1:00 pm, provided the weather holds up. The parade will travel south down Ocean Avenue, turning onto Asbury Avenue, then immediately onto Cookman Avenue, ending on the corner of Main Street and Bangs Avenue. There will be a Review Stand in Press Plaza where participants will be allowed 20 seconds to perform. Some marchers in the parade will also give out candy, so make sure you get there early so your kids can have front row seats to score some goodies.

Bergen County St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 12
Official site: http://www.bergencountyirish.org/
Bergen County’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a huge Irish-themed event in Bergenfield every March. The Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County is responsible for putting this yearly event together, and naming each parade’s Grand Marshal; the 2017 Grand Marshal is Kevin Downes. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 2:00 pm and travel down Washington Avenue.
Countless families from the county travel out to Bergenfield every year to take part in this wonderful tradition, which honors the patron saint of Ireland as well as the Irish and Irish-American people. Schools and public servants and community leaders from multiple cities will also be organizing and marching in the parade. Though Sunday masses will be held as usual, on March 12, the night before the parade, SMA Fathers in Tenafly will be holding a special St. Patrick’s Day Mass at 7:00 pm, which will be followed by some light refreshments and entertainment.

West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 12
Official site: http://www.westorangeparade.com/
The 66th West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a terrific event for families and groups of friends, as well as couples looking to dress up in green and orange and have a splendid Irish-themed date. The festivities begin early in the morning, at 9:00 am, for morning mass at Our Lady of The Lake, Verona. Following mass, at around 11:00 am, Main Street and Eagle Rock Avenue will be closed in preparation for West Orange’s much-anticipated St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Step-off is at exactly 12:15 pm, as the parade travels from West Orange Town Hall, running north along Main Street towards Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Eagle Rock Avenue. The celebration intends to garner thousands of spectators and marchers from local civic and community groups, tri-state high school marching bands, and pipes and drum bands, as well as Grand Marshal Kevin Kinney and Deputy Grand Marshals Gwen C. Glazier, Marian Reilly Cardace, Robert Raymond Hoehn.

Somerville St. Patrick’s Parade – March 12
Official site: http://www.somervillesaintpatricksparade.com/
On the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day, Somerville floods its Main Street with countless families, friends, and other influential and active individuals and groups from Somerset County. Everyone wears green and stations themselves out on the sidewalks to watch the terrific parade march by. The event welcomes vendors on the sidelines, and various stores stay open to provide patrons the opportunity to grab a bite to eat before and after the parade’s commencement, which begins at exactly 1:30 pm. The parade is especially entertaining for children, who will love walking the decorative streets of Somerville once the parade is finished.

Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 12
Official site: http://rumsonstpatricksdayparade.org/
The small town of Rumson will hold their 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade this March. The parade is an exciting event, welcoming individuals from all around the area; it features floats, clubs and associations, classic cars, and, of course, talented marching bands. Massive firetrucks, costumed guests, and streaks of green and orange will roll through the streets. The parade will begin at exactly 1:00 pm on the second Sunday of March.

Woodbridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 12
Official site: http://www.amerirish.com/id4.html
Woodbridge’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities begins in the morning at 9:00 am, with the Flag Raising Ceremony at Town Hall. The parade will then begin at 1:30 in the afternoon, traveling from Woodbridge High School and ending at Woodbridge Town Hall. In between the Flag Raising Ceremony and the start of the parade, patrons will begin crowding the streets and finding the perfect places to set-up camp, so make sure you get there early.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades on March 17th, 18th and 19th

Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 17
Official site: http://newarkparade.com
The Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade garners thousands of spectators from Newark and the surrounding cities every March. The annual event greatly exhibits the Irish spirit and community relations. With countless individuals marching in the parade – from students and marching bands to seasoned bag-pipers and public servants – Newark’s yearly celebration is exciting for both families and everyone who wants to get in the Irish spirit. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Inc., which was founded over 82 years ago, is responsible for nearly all of what you’ll see this year. The committee is composed of close to one hundred Irish, fraternal, Catholic, public safety, civic, social, and athletic organizations. Each year they put together a magnificent parade, and 2017 will be no different. This year’s parade begins at 1:00 pm. It will march through Mulberry Street, starting at the Prudential Center, then turn onto Centre Street/Park Place, then Central Avenue, and end at the Newark Museum on Washington Street. Many pubs and restaurants, like The Monk Room, Edison Ale House, and McGovern’s Tavern, are also in the area to help feed your cravings before and after the parade.

Sussex County’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 18
Official site: http://sussexcountynjirish.com/
There is no reason to stop celebrating St. Patrick’s Day after March 17, as Sussex County allows you to maintain that exhilarating Irish spirit a few days longer. 2017 marks Sussex County’s 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented by the Sussex County St. Patrick’s Day Committee. The parade steps off on Spring Street in Newton at exactly 11:30 in the morning, so you’ll want to get there extra early to make sure you have an excellent spot to gaze upon the fabulous floats, marching bands, and various public servants from the community.

South Amboy St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 19
Official site: http://www.southamboyparade.com/
On March 19, the entire community of South Amboy will come together to take part in an excellent, hospitable tradition. Families and friends engage in the wholesome fun as members of the community march through the streets of South Amboy. There are events planned all weekend, and the parade will take off at 2:00 pm; on Sunday with a Post-Parade Party at the A.O.H. Hall at 3:00 pm—tickets are $10 (children under 10 are free).

The Bayonne Saint Patrick’s Parade – March 19
Official site: https://sites.google.com/site/bayonnestpatricksparade/2017-parade
The day after Sussex County, Robbinsville, Keyport, Highlands, and Hamilton hold their St. Patrick’s Day Parades, Bayonne is providing their residents and visitors with their 36th Annual Saint Patrick’s Parade. Thousands of individuals come out to watch the green-drenched procession pay tribute to the patron saint of Ireland. Just like every year, the parade begins promptly at 1:00 pm and travels north from Broadway and 5th Street to 39th Street, turning west on Avenue C, and ending at the entrance of the Stephen R. Gregg/Bayonne County Park.

St. Patrick’s Day Concerts and Celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day in the 1830s

Sunday, March 12, 2017@ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, NJ
Admission is free for this event.nteractive reenactment exploring the life and times of the early 1800’s.
The event features an interactive reenactment exploring the life and times of the early 1800’s. Mr. Allaire has given the Irish workers the day off which the rest of the workers do not take too kindly too.. There is a special chapel program at 1pm and 3pm.


Irish Night with Country & Bluegrass Music Show
Saturday, March 25, 2017; Doors open @ 6pm, show begins @7:30pm,
Albert Music Hall
Waretown, NJ

This annual Irish celebration presents a variety of entertainment featuring the “Irish Greeter” with lucky “Gold Coins” (Chocolate) for All!; and live music and entertainment with the Devrin Academy “Step Dancers”!, The “River Driver’s “IRISH’ Band” from Bristol, PA, The “Church Street Revival” “Irish” Band, and Martin Kavanaugh & The Hard Road Travelers “Irish” Band!



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