The High Holy Days are Upon New Jersey's Irish Communities
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 • 5:36pm
As we get down to the final days of the Saint's festival celebrations, Irish parades, dancers, bands, foods and drink, still lay in store. The Wolfetones are playing a fundraiser for the Keansburg Fire Department to help them rebuild and there's a three day Irish festival happening at Darby Road in Scotch Plains. There is no need to travel out of state for the craic at the pub and the skirl of the bagpipes; we have it all here in New Jersey.
Music video for THE PRODIGALS song "Black-eyed Gypsy." Edited by Erik Klein. Produced by Gregory Grene.
Hoboken’s 2nd Annual Irish Cultural Festival
3pm to 10pm
Sinatra Park, Sinatra Drive between 4th and 5th Streets, Hoboken
The city will have its second annual Irish Cultural Festival in Frank Sinatra Park. The event is free and features Irish music, food, beer, vendors, dance, face painting and craft activities. The festival will be headlined by The Prodigals, who have been called the “Best Irish Traditional-Rock Band” by the Village Voice. Additional musical performances include local favorites Gold n Brown, the Will O’Connor Band, Colin Nisbet, and the Jersey City Fire Fighters Pipe and Drum Band. The festival will feature the Hoboken Hurling Club and Irish step dancing by the Garden Street Dance School, Emerald Fire Dance Ensemble and Peter Smith School of Irish Dancing. Students from the Hoboken Charter School will provide a booth with craft activities for children. For further information call (201) 420-2207.
Credit: Will O’Connor
Friends of Brian Boru - 70th Annual Dinner Dance
6:30pm to 11pm
Mayfair Farms, 481 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange
The evening’s festivities include dinner and open bar, as well as entertainment by the Perry Brothers. 2013 Honorees are Thomas Callahan, Peggy O’Boyle Dunigan and Rev. Msgr. Edward G. Bradley. Tickets: $75; for further information contact Paul H. Reilly, Sr. at (732) 495-9276.
Essex County Police and Fire Emerald Society Pipes and Drums entertain at
the Brian Boru Dinner Dance Credit: Friends of Brian Boru
St. Patrick’s Dinner and Party
Spain92, 1116 Rt. 202 South, Raritan
The evening begins with a Welcome Whiskey Toast followed by a four course presentation of Irish fare and drinks. Live entertainment includes the Patrick Clifford Irish Band, Irish step dancing from the Davis Academy of Irish Dancing and St. Ann's of Hampton Pipes & Drums. Tickets: $55 plus tax, tip. For information call (908) 704-9292.
Credit: The Davis Academy
Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Oranges - 112th Anniversary Dinner
Mayfair Farms, 481 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange
This male-only, black-tie event includes cocktails, followed by dinner. The evening will honor the Young Man of the Year, Publicity Chairman Brian M. Lowe, and the Speaker will be the Honorable John M. Boyle. Tickets: $100; for further information contact Eugene J. Byrne, Esq. at (973) 746-3283
New Jersey Performing Arts Center - 1 Center Street, Newark
Since Celtic Woman's March 2005 American debut on Public Television, this unique, all-female, adult contemporary ensemble have gone on to achieve world renown success. Their spectacular 2013 North American Tour features Celtic Woman performing traditional Irish tunes, timeless pop anthems and inspirational songs, including the return of fan favorites “You Raise Me Up,” “Orinoco Flow,” and many more, all with the signature Celtic Woman sound. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a superb musical experience. Tickets: $75, $45, $20 - can be purchased online.
Celtic Woman in performance. Credit: Celtic Woman
Newark 78th St. Patrick’s Parade
9:15am, Memorial Mass and Investiture, St. Patrick's, 91 Washington St, Newark
10:30am, Parade Breakfast Gibbons P.C. Lawfirm, One Gateway Center, Newark
12pm, Reviewing Stand Ceremonies, Four Gateway Center, Newark
1pm, Parade begins
3pm, Post-Parade Reception, Kilkenny Alehouse, 27 Central Avenue, Newark
Newark is the oldest parade in New Jersey, first organized in 1936. The parade begins at the Prudential Center and proceeds to Gateway Center, NJ Performing Arts Center, Military Park, St. Patrick's Pro-Cathedral, and Washington Park. Patrick C. Dunican, Jr. has been selected by the Parade Committee as Grand Marshal 2013 and Eileen P. Gilleece, Detective Sergeant First Class with the New Jersey State Police, will serve as the Deputy Grand Marshal. Fifteen charitable-beneficiaries in the Newark area have been designated by Dunican to receive donations from his fundraising efforts. The parade is dedicated to the late Terence “Terry” Pellegrino of the Essex County Police and Fire Emerald Society Pipes and Drums. Tickets: Breakfast, $12. Post-Parade Party, $20. For further information, contact Michael D. Byrne at NewarkParade@gmail.com.
Banner of St. Patrick borne by the Corcoran family, Colors presented by Port Authority Police Department. Credit: Newark St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee
Darby Road's St. Patrick’s Festival, Day 1
6pm to 11pm
Darby Road Pub, 450 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains
The festival will kickoff on Friday at 6pm and run all day Saturday and Sunday. The festival takes place in a large heated tent outside of the pub where they have traditional Irish fare available for purchase and a cash bar. Friday’s live entertainment includes Irish music by Paddy and the Pale Boys. Cover charge is $5 and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the local Police Athletic League. For more information call (908) 288-7667.
Credit: Paddy and the Pale Boys
Union County 17th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
9am, Mass at St. Patrick's Church, 215 Court St, Elizabeth
10am, Reception, Church Hall
12pm, Reviewing Stands
1pm, Parade begins, Morris Avenue, Union
The Union County Parade Committee was founded in 1995 and the first parade stepped off in 1997 in the Township of Union. Opening ceremonies feature Irish step dancers, bagpipers, and entertainment for the children. This year’s honorees are Grand Marshal Jim Tansey, Chairwoman Kelly Anne Scanlon and Adjutant Harry Capko. The day begins with the Thornstick Mass organized in conjunction with the Elizabeth Ancient Order of Hibernians. Following Mass, there will be a welcoming reception in the church hall. Following festivities at the Reviewing Stand, the parade will step-off and the route will proceed east along Morris Avenue, turn at the Main Reviewing Stand and end at Roosevelt Avenue. The "Kid's Zone" will be also be available at Stuyvesant Avenue, just off Morris Avenue. Two reviewing stands will be available, one at Morris and Stuyvesant Avenues, and the other at Morris and Caldwell Avenues. The 2013 Parade is dedicated to all of those who have been touched by Parkinson's Disease.
Spectators enjoying the Union County Parade.
Credit: Union County St. Patrick Parade Committee
Trenton 28th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
10:30am - Opening Ceremonies, St. Anthony’s Church on Olden Avenue
11am - Parade Begins
Come out and join the Trenton Irish Heritage Association in honoring their Grand Marshal Michael James “Jimmy” Walsh at their 28th Annual Trenton St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Jimmy Walsh is a first-generation Irish American, whose parents emigrated from County Galway & County Clare and he is the founder of the Mercer County Irish Festival. The Parade begins at St. Anthony’s, and then continues down Hamilton Avenue, past the Reviewing Stand in Columbus Park, and ends on Chestnut Avenue near the Church of the Immaculate Conception. For further information, contact Dennis Keenan at (609) 396-2450 or email him at Denkeenan@aol.com.
Credit: Trenton Irish Heritage Association
Sussex County 10th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
11:30am, Parade begins
Leading the parade in will be Grand Marshals John and Sue Sullivan and Dawn Delaney. The parade steps off from Spring Street, in Newton, near Stuart Street; it will proceed up Spring Street then turn right onto Moran Street to Memory Park. Entrants will feature nearly 100 units, including: New Jersey State, County and Local Dignitaries, bands, floats, police, fire and other emergency response vehicles, military personnel and their vehicles, girl and boy scouts, local schools, antique vehicles, beauty queens and Irish step dancers. The award winning Lt. R.A. Madden VFW Post 10152 of Ogdensburg, will be the parade Honor Guard. The parade attendance has been growing with the years, and several thousand spectators usually join to watch the festivities. For further information, call Dennis Harrington at (973) 827-9179 or visit their website.
A crowd gathers near Spring and Moran Streets. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
North Wildwood’s St. Patrick's Parade
11:30am, Ceremony, City Hall,of City Hall, 901 Atlantic Avenue, North Wildwood
12pm, Parade begins
It all begins with a special program on the steps of City Hall, where Bill Henfey will welcome everyone, and then Rev. Joe Wallace of Notre Dame de la Mer Parish will offer the invocation. 2013 Grand Marshals are Trevor Cooper, Wildwood Catholic High School Student Council Executive Board member, and Wildwood Catholic Dean of Academics Tony DeGatano. Dolly McGee will sing the Irish and American National Anthems followed by the flag raising by North Wildwood Police and Fire officers. The program will conclude with a benediction by Rev. Michael Field of Notre Dame de la Mer. The parade steps off at noon and will feature local chapters of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), the Ladies AOH, the Emerald Society with its Honor Guard, the Knights of Columbus, and the Anglesea Irish Society. The parade proceeds north to Atlantic, then to Olde New Jersey Avenue; Reviewing Stand will be at Olde New Jersey Avenue. There’ll be plenty of music provided by the Atlantic City Pipe and Drum, Duffy String Band, Gloucester City String Band, and school bands from Wildwood High School, and Margaret Mace School. For further information, call (609) 522-2955 or visit their website.
Credit: Anglesea Irish Society
Darby Road's St. Patrick’s Festival, Day 2
12pm to 4pm, Family activities
4pm until closing, Irish rock
Darby Road Pub, 450 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains
The festival continues all day Saturday and Sunday. The celebration takes place in a large heated tent outside of the pub where they have traditional Irish fare available for purchase as well as a cash bar. On Saturday afternoon, complimentary face painting and pony rides will be provided and the Marie Moore School of Irish Dance will be performing intermittently until 4pm. Saturday’s live entertainment includes Irish music by Off The Wagon from about 4pm to 8pm, and following them the DJ, Red Rum, until closing. Cover charge is $5 and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the local Police Athletic League. For more information call (908) 288-7667.
Credit: Marie Moore School of Irish Dancing
Atlantic City 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Atlantic City Boardwalk
The Atlantic City St. Patrick's Day Committee invites everyone to join them as marchers travel on the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk to Albany Avenue, led by Galloway Township Councilman and former Atlantic City Police Chief, John Mooney as Grand Marshal. The route begins at North Carolina Avenue and the Boardwalk ending at Albany Avenue and the Boardwalk. This year’s parade promises to be a festival of color, music and fun featuring marching bands from area high schools, string bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers and floats. Local organizations including business owners from taverns, restaurants and bars such as Maynard’s Café, Ducktown Tavern, The Irish Pub, Kelly’s Corner, and McGettigan’s 19th Hole, will all be a part of the celebration. For further information call (609) 742-9092.
John Mooney Credit: Atlantic City St. Patrick's Day Committee
Morristown National Historical Park
Celebrate the Role of the Irish in the American Revolution
1pm, 2pm, 3pm - 30 minute Tours, Ford Mansion
1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm - 30 minute tours, Soldier Huts
Morristown National Historical Park, 30 Washington Place, Morristown
Visitors will discover why St. Patrick's Day was the only holiday celebrated by the soldiers during the winter of 1779- 1780 when they visit the National Park at Morristown and find out about the role of the Irish in the American Revolution. There are two 30 minutes tours available: visitors will encounter one of Washington's aides on the Ford Mansion tour, and learn about the life of a common soldier during the winter encampment on the Soldier Hut Tour. Fees: Mansion $4 Adult; Soldier Huts: free. For further information call (973) 539-2016 x 210.
Credit: Morristown National Historical Park
Little Silver Fire Department - 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
3pm to 10pm
Little Silver Firehouse, 543 Prospect Avenue, Little Silver
The Little Silver Volunteer Fire Company invites the public to its fifth annual St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Firehouse. Tickets for the family friendly community event will include traditional Irish fare, open bar (beer, wine, soft drinks) and live music by Paddy and the Pale Boys. Family time will offer children's games and activities until 7pm. "Our annual St. Patrick's Day celebration is an opportunity to open our doors to the community and celebrate the brotherhood we share as a community," says Kevin Brennan, event chairman. Tickets: $55, $45 (in advance), $10 per teenager (13-20), Free (12 and under). Purchase advance tickets on their website or contact Marty Screen at (732) 996-5454 or email email@example.com
Credit: Little Silver Fire Department
Sea Isle City’s 23rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration
3:30pm, Parade begins, 93rd Street and Landis Avenue
Post-Parade Party, Kix McNutley’s, 63rd and Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City
Hosted by Mayor Leonard Desiderio, the parade starts at 3:30pm on 93rd, follows along Landis Avenue and ends at Kix McNutley's on 63rd. The celebration includes the Cape Atlantic Police and Fire Irish Pipe Brigade, the Ancient Order of Hibernians Color Guard, the Sea Isle’s 2013 Irish Royal Family and this year’s grand marshal, Joe McLenaghan, of Sea Isle City. Immediately after the parade, the Irish Celebration begins at Kix McNutley’s where there will be entertainment, Irish fare and drink. The festivities continue Saturday night with Shorty Long and the Jersey Horn's at 9:30 pm. For further information call (609) 263-6341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credit: Kix McNutley
The Bayonne Bridgemen Drum and Bugle Corps - 5th Annual Celebration
6:30pm, Memorial Mass, Saint Andrews Church, 125 Broadway, Bayonne
7:30pm to 11:30pm, Dinner, Saint Andrews School, 124 Broadway, Bayonne
The Bridgemen Drum and Bugle Corps invite everyone to join them first in a Mass dedicated to the lives, accomplishments and contributions that their deceased members have made to the history of the Bridgemen. The liturgy is then followed by a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner at the school which includes beer, wine and soda along with with door prizes and music provided by a DJ. All proceeds will benefit the Corps. Tickets: $20; for further information email email@example.com.
Credit: Bridgemen Drum and Bugle Corps
Wolfetones Live in Keansburg
New Point Comfort Fire Station, 192 Carr Avenue, Keansburg
A Concert unlike any other; the Wolfetones will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary in Keansburg! Dubbed as the event to help rebuild the fire company, the department is looking forward to seeing everyone there. Be sure to get there early to get the best seats. They’ll be serving authentic Irish food and drinks, all at very reasonable prices. Spend a night with the volunteer firefighters; help them to help you. Tickets: $30; for further information contact Bill at (732) 259-1028 and by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credit: The Wolfetones
The Irish Tenors
The State Theatre Regional Arts Center, 15 Livingston Avenue. New Brunswick
Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan have been touring together as The Irish Tenors since 1998; they continue now with their “Let's Celebrate Ireland Tour.” They are well known from their PBS specials for performing songs as “My Heart Will Go On,” “Fairytale Of New York,” along with the traditional Irish tunes “Danny Boy,” “Whiskey in the Jar” and “Fields Of Athenry.” Tickets: $97, $87, $67, $57, $32 can be purchased through the Theatre’s website.
The Irish Tenors Credit: The Irish Tenors
Bayonne 33rd Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
10am, Mass, St. Henry's Church, 29th Street and Avenue C, Bayonne
1pm, Parade begins
2:30pm to 5pm, Post-Parade Party, St Andrew's Parish Hall, 125 Broadway Bayonne
Following a Feast Day Mass, the parade will kick-off at 5th Street and Broadway. The 2013 Grand Marshal is Bill Dwyer and joining with him will be his Aides Maura Carney, from the Irsh American League, Mary Cole, from the County Donegal Association, Michael Mulcahy, from the Shamrock Society of Bayonne and Bill Dwyer from the County Cork Association.The parade route will go up Broadway to 40th Street, then west on 40th Street to the Reviewing Stand, which will be located at the entrance to Gregg-Bayonne County Park, between 40th and 41st Streets on Avenue C. There will be pipe bands and marching bands and to end the parade, as always, the Bridgemen Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps. After the parade, join the Bayonne St. Patrick's Parade Committee at St. Andrews for a get-together with families and friends to pay one last tribute to the Grand Marshal. Admission includes bagpipe bands, dancing, food and drinks. Post-Parade Party Tickets: $10 for all over the age of 16.
Post-Parade Party at St Andrew's Parish Hall Credit: Bayonne St. Patrick’s Parade Committee
Ancient Order of Hibernians Commodore John Barry Division 1
10am Mass, St. Matthew's Parish
12pm to 4pm, Dinner, AOH Hall, 200 Columbia Blvd., National Park
The day begins with Mass at St. Matthews, and then the public is invited to join in the family-friendly festivites at the AOH Hall. Admission includes a Ham and Cabbage Buffet which will be served all day along with live entertainment from the Broken Shillelaghs. There will also be a raffle for a 51" HD 3D television and a blue ray DVD player. Tickets are $1 each. The drawing is at 4pm. Admission tickets: $5; for further information contact (856) 845-6967.
Credit: the Broken Shillelaghs
St. Patrick’s Day Party
The Balcony Restaurant and Lounge, 491 Broad Street, Carlstadt
There is no cover charge to come for the great entertainment by The Eddie Testa Band and DJ David Kassler. The restaurant will be offering corned beef and cabbage fare and drink specials as well. For further information call (201) 933-0071
Credit: The Eddie Testa Band
Grasshopper of the Green St. Patrick’s Day Party
12pm to 10pm
Grasshopper Off the Green, 41/43 Morris Street, Morristown
Paddy and the Pale Boys will be Irish Rocking the house at the Grasshopper Off the Green on St. Patrick’s Day. The restaurant will also have bagpipers and Irish step dancers stopping in during the course of the day. There's no cover charge and all are welcome.
Credit: Grasshopper Off the Green
Darby Road’s St. Patrick’s Festival, Day 3
12pm to 4pm, Family activities
12pm until 6pm, Irish rock
6pm to closing, rock
Darby Road Pub, 450 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains
The festival continues all day Sunday. The celebration takes place in a large heated tent outside of the pub where they have traditional Irish fare available for purchase as well as a cash bar. On Sunday afternoon, complimentary face painting and pony rides will be provided and the Deirdre Shea School of Irish Dance will be performing intermittently from 2pm to 4pm. Saturday’s live entertainment includes Irish music by Spontaneous Corruption from about 12pm to 2:30pm, and following them will be The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O's until about 6pm. Starting the evening entertainment will be Ryan Tennis and The Club House Band from about 6pm to 9pm and following them with be Splooge, the band fronted by Darby Road bartender Tommy Diaz, who will play until midnight. Cover charge is $5 and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the local Police Athletic League. For more information call (908) 288-7667.
Credit: The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O's
St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Beer Garden Celebration at the Blackthorne
Blackthorne Irish Restaurant, 1735 Route 46 E, Parsippany
The Blackthorne celebrates the Feast Day in style with a festive outdoor gathering which includes live Irish music from The Joe Moran Showband, bagpipers and Irish step dancers For further information call (973) 334-4900 or visit their website.
Credit: Blackthorn Restaurant
Robbinsville 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade
8:30am, Mass, St. Gregory the Great, Nottingham Road, Robbinsville
12:30pm, Opening Ceremonies
1pm, Parade begins
2pm, Post-Parade Party, Centro Grille, Rts. 33 & 526, Robbinsville
The Robbinsville Irish Heritage Association is a volunteer organization chartered to foster an understanding and appreciation of Irish cultural values. They invite the public to join them in honoring their parade’s Grand Marshal Chuck Petty and Irish Person of the Year Greg McLaughlin as they march in the 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade. The parade route begins at the Shoppes in Foxmoor and then proceeds North on Washington Boulevard, takes a right onto North Street, then a right onto Newtown Boulevard, a right onto Lake Drive East, continues past the lake and the gazebo area, followed by a left onto Union Street, proceeds past the reviewing stand at Union and Burnet Walk and ends at the Town Center Shoppes. Again this year, the association is hosting a House Decorating Competition for those homes which are along the parade route. After the parade, there will be a gathering on the grounds of Ernie's Tavern, 9 Main Street, which will include live music and entertainment for the kids. A Beer O'Garden will also be available. Also after the parade, there will be a free party at the Centro Grille featuring bagpipes, kids activities and live music by Billy O'Neal & Friends.
Credit: The Robbinsville Irish Heritage Association
Keyport 8th Annual Saint Patrick's Parade
1pm, Parade begins
3pm, Post-Parade Celebration, McDonagh’s Pub, 2 West Front Street, Keyport
3pm to 5pm Post-Parade Entertainment, West Front Street, Keyport
The Keyport Fire Department organizes the parade which this year honors Grand Marshal Harry Aumack, II. and Deputy Grand Marshal Chris Petrizzo. The parade route begins at St. Joseph’s Church on Maple Place, then moves over to West Fourth Street, continues on Maple Place to Broad Street, heads down to West Front Street and ends at Fireman’s Park. Participating in the parade will be the Keyport Fire Department, Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative (KBBC), Keyport Mayor and Council, Keyport First Aid Squad and Cadets, Keyport OEM and CERT, Union Beach EMS, Union Beach Fire Department, Union Beach Mayor and Council, Keyport Indians, Democratic Club, Keyport Recreation, Explorers, Republican Party, Kiwanis Club, The Elks, Knights of Columbus, The Masons, Keyport Historical Society, Keyport Kids, Keyport Central School Band and the Girl Scouts. There will be 5 Pipe Bands marching: American Celts Pipes and Drums of Keyport, Col D.B. Kelly Pipes and Drums of South Amboy, St. Brendan the Navigator Pipes and Drums, Pipes and Drums of Jersey Shore Shillelagh’s, The Guard Pipes and Drums. After the parade, a few of the bands will return to McDonagh’s Pub for your listening pleasure. From 3pm to 5pm, the KBBC will host an Irish dance exhibition from the Shea-Jennings School of Irish Dance as well as strolling Irish musician students from the Claddagh na nGael branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann.”Join us in Keyport on Saturday, March 23rd and show your Irish Pride. Don’t forget to wear your green! Remember, everyone is Irish at the Keyport St. Patrick’s Parade.” For further information, contact Hank Young at (732) 856-0483 or email him at email@example.com
Residents line up to view the Keyport annual parade.
Credit: Pat Noble, Aberdeen NJ Life / aberdeennjlife.blogspot.com
Highlands 11th Annual St. Patrick's Parade
2pm, Parade begins
Bay Avenue, Highlands
With nearly 100 marching units, including bagpipes, marching bands and floats, the parade is dedicated to the First Responders and will honor the 2013 Grand Marshal, Council President and firefighter Rebecca Kane and Deputy Grand Marshal, David “Bear” Parker, Office of Emergency Management Coordinator. The parade will begin at Huddy Park and will march along a one-mile stretch of Bay Avenue. The Highlands Business Partnership will also host the annual “Competition of Floats.” with all Highlands organizations competing in three categories: "Best of Show," “Prettiest” and “Most Original.” In addition, a trophy will be presented for the “Best of Apparatus.” In tribute to all of our fallen firefighters, all fire companies will take part in a silent march.
Peter J. Smith School of Irish Dancing Credit: Highlangs Business Partnership
Keansburg 7th Annual St. Patricks Parade
1pm, Parade begins
The Keansbury Parade Committee commented, “Hurricane Sandy of 2012 had had a huge impact on The Borough of Keansburg and its residents. Many of their homes have been damaged or even destroyed. Many families have been displaced; they are not in the homes that they treasured. It has been a slow rebuilding process for many residents and businesses. In these times of struggle and determination, our parade committee has decided to move forward with our 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It is through our determination and strength the Mayor and Council has stated that “the parade must go on; we must show and relate to the homeowners and businesses that Hurricane Sandy didn’t defeat our spirits, It’s been a handful putting the parade together. This year is hard with people still not back in there home. But we must show people that Sandy did not take our hearts.”
The parade will start at Raritan and Beachway, proceed to Carr Avenue, to Center Ave, to Main Street, to Church Street and end at Jackie Keelens Bar.
St. Baldrick’s 4th Annual Event for Cancer Research
Irish Cottage Inn, 602 State Route 23, Franklin
Are you up to having your head shaved for charity? Mary Harrington and her husband Dennis will be two of many getting their hair shaved off to help raise funds for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. St. Baldrick’s is worldwide; 82 percent of all proceeds from this event will go direct to research, 16 percent to Fundraising and 2 percent to Management. You can support Mary and Dennis in their efforts (respectively, Treasurer and Chairman of the Sussex County St. Patrick’s Day Committee), by donating online at this link and putting in their team name 2 heads R better than 1 in the search box. They will be shaving their heads along with many more people at the gathering. The Irish Cottage Inn is sponsoring this St. Baldrick’s event for the fourth year and they hope to raise more than $25,000. For further information contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Baldrick’s 2012 Credit: The Irish Cottage Inn
Essex County - 10th annual Irish Heritage Celebration
LeRoy Smith Public Safety Building, 14th Floor, 60 Nelson Place, Newark
The Irish Heritage Celebration is one of several cultural observances hosted by Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., and Essex County Office of Cultural Diversity and Affirmative Action throughout the year. Honorees this year include Irishwoman of the Year Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center and Irishman of the Year Charles B. McKenna, Chief Counsel to Governor Chris Christie. Celtic music and bagpipes will be part of the celebration. The Irish Heritage event recognizes the impact Irish men and women have had on the cultural, civic, political, law enforcement and economic history of the County. Free.
Credit: Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D