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High Steppers Participate in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Newton

Co-Grand Marshals Mary and John Sullivan and their family Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Students from Immaculate Conception Regional Catholic School Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Industrious Daisy Troop #95678 from Stillwater selling cookies  Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Large crowds, festive atmosphere Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Cub Scouts float along in the cold Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Co-Grand Marshal Dawn Delaney accompanied by her husband, Tom Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Endean Academy of Irish Dance Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Sussex County's fine Fire Fighters Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Members of Fitzpatrick House get ready for the parade Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Franklin Band  Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Freeholders Phillip Crabb, Gail Phoebus, and Dennis Mudrick Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Assemblyman Parker Space, NJ Senator Steve Oroho, and Assemblywoman Alison McHose Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Pipe & Drum leader consults Parade Chairman Dennis Harrington Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Spring Valley Equestrians of Newton and the NJ Quarterhorse Association marched Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Dominic A. Calabrese 4th Degree Knights of Columbus #2716 Color Guard Credits: Jennifer Murphy
The Little Family, from Sparta Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Mark Hontz, a local attorney, was the Master of Ceremonies Credits: Jennifer Murphy
High stepping sons of the McDonald Family, Franklin Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Three of the McDonald Family Singers Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Rev. Msgr. Kieran McHugh and NJ Senator Steve Oroho Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Mike Teets, former Chief of Newton Fire Department Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Morris County Police Pipe & Drum Corp Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Rachel Beraci, President, Kevin Prendergast, and Tom Dust of the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Ogdensburg VFW Post #10152 Commandered by George Lott Credits: Jennifer Murphy
O'Reilly's Pub sponsoring a special menu on Sunday, March 17th Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Passaic County Pipe & Drum Corp Credits: Jennifer Murphy
North Jersey Antique Engine and Machinery Club Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Tri-County Pipe & Drum Credits: Jennifer Murphy
Newton VFW Post 5360 Paul Williams, Chalie Kampka an Frank Smith Credits: Jennifer Murphy

NEWTON, NJ – “It’s a beautiful day in Sussex County, for those who have Irish roots, and even for those who don’t.”  So said Reverend Monsignor Kieran McHugh, President of Pope John XXIII High School, as he continued, “It’s a beautiful way to celebrate the feast of our beloved St. Patrick.”

With nearly 1,000 marching on Saturday, March 16, the chilling temperatures and flurries of snow did not curb the enthusiasm of the day. The crowd bundled up with blankets and warm coats, but nothing covered up the wearing’ of the green.

“Newton and the Town Council are very proud to host the St. Patrick’s Day Parade every year. It’s good to see everyone out on the street,” said Newton Mayor Sandra Diglio.

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Just before the parade began, William Joseph, Newton’s Town Crier, tossed gold coins to the crowd. “Share with your brother, now,” he told one youngster.

Leading the parade was Newton Police Chief Michael Richards in the patrol car.

This year, the parade had Co-Grand Marshals: John and Sue Sullivan and Dawn Delaney. The Sullivan's brought the parade to Sussex County in the 80’s, when they were the owners of Sullivans Gaslight Inn, in Franklin. Dawn Delaney was instrumental in bringing the parade to Newton, six years ago, when she was president of the Newton Chamber of Commerce.

Fire and Rescue Squads from Newton, Newton Fire Ladies Auxiliary, Hampton Township Department, Andover Borough, Andover Township, Lafayette, Byram Township, Fredon, Hamburg, Stillwater, Vernon, and Jefferson Township blazed by in full force. 

Dignitaries marching in the parade included: newly appointed Assemblyman Parker Space, New Jersey Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison McHose, Freeholders Phillip Crabb, Gail Phoebus Dennis Mudrick, Sheriff Mike Strada, Sussex County Surrogate Gary Chiusano, Sussex County Administrator John Eskilson, Sussex County Clerk Jeff Parrott, Newton Mayor Sandra Diglio, Newton Town Council members Kevin Elvidge, Kristen Becker, Daniel Flynn, Franklin Mayor Paul Crowley, Carol Crowley, and Glen Ventrano. 

Other groups who participated were: Newton Police, Newton VFW Memorial Post 5360 Color Guard, Morris County Police Pipes & Drums, American Red Cross of Sussex County, Vietnam Veteran’s 1002 Color Guard, Passaic County Emerald Society Pipes & Drums, Endean Academy of Irish Step Dancers, Ogdensburg Robert A. Madden VFW Post 10152, Rory O’Moore Pipes & Drums, Catholic Academy of Sussex County including Immaculate Conception Regional School, St. Joseph’s Regional School, Pope John XXIII High School, Dominick A. Calabrese Assembly Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Don Bosco Council #7784 Knights of Columbus, Don Bosco Columbiettes #7784, Saint Kateri Knights of Columbus and Columbian Squires, Jeffrey S. Patterson Marine Corp Color Guard from Sussex County, Sussex County TEA Party Patriots, the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce, Rose of Tralee of New York & New Jersey, An Clar School of Irish Dance, Ginnie’s House, Fitzpatrick House, Stadium Bar & Grill, Tri-County Pipes and Drums, Fifth NJ Volunteer Infantry Regiment of the Civil War Re-enactment, Rangers of Wild West City, Barnyard Bruisers 4H Junior Roller Derby, The Spirit of Liberty, Cub Scout Troop #184 from Green, Girl Scout Brownie Troop #884, Girl Scout Troop 638 & 827 from Hampton, Boy Scout Troop #48 from Hamburg, Boy Scout Troop #85 from Andover/Newton, Girl Scout Troop 1072 and Girl Scout Junior Troop #94656, Boy Scout Troop #96 from Hampton, North Jersey Antique Engine and Machinery Club, the Sussex County Shelton Shooters, Spring Valley Equestrians of Newton, and the New Jersey Quarter Horse Association.

Oroho said, “It’s a great day for Sussex County. It’s great to see everyone coming out like this.  I’d like to thank Mary and Dennis Harrington for putting all of this together. They did a great job.”

Co-Grand Marshal Dawn Delaney echoed his sentiments. "I want to thank the Harrington’s. I am so honored to be a part of this great celebration.”

Dennis Harrington said, “A special thank you from the Parade Committee to Newton Police Chief Richards, Lieutenant Bob Osborn, Officer Michael Monco and the Newton Police Department for their assistance with the parade arrangements. Thanks also to Ken Jaekel, Supervisor of the DPW, Chief Fox of the Newton Fire Department, Deborah Phillips, Captain of the Ambulance Squad and all of their support staff for their assistance with the parade."




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