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The 10th Annual Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade & Related Events For 2013: Grand Marshals’ Dinner, Mass & Traditional Irish Breakfast, & Parade

January 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM


The 10th Annual Grand Marshals’ Dinner honoring John and Sue Sullivan and Dawn Delaney will be held on Saturday, February 16, at the Lake Mohawk County Club located at 21 The Boardwalk, Sparta, New Jersey.  The Grand Event begins with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7; followed by entertainment, recognition of our Grand Marshals and lots of great craic!  The traditional presentation of the Grand Marshals’ Sash will follow.  It has become a practice that the Grand Marshal designates a charity to receive the net proceeds of the St. Patrick’s Day charitable events. 

Accordingly, this year’s Grand Marshals chose the Partnership for Social Services and the Sunrise House Foundation as the 2013 beneficiaries; the Tricky Tray at the dinner and our raffle will benefit these worthy causes.  The Grand Marshals’ bios and photos are attached.

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Please make your reservation at least a month early as seating is limited!



On March 2, a Mass honoring St. Patrick, the Patron St. of Ireland, will be held at St. Jude the Apostle Church located at 4-24 Beaver Run Road, Hamburg, New Jersey.  The Mass will begin at 8:30 a.m., and plans are that the Choir from Pope John XXIII High School will again participate and that the traditional rendition of “Lady of Knock” will be performed by John Christiano Jr.

Following the Mass there will be a Traditional Irish Breakfast at the Irish Cottage Inn, located at 602 Route 23, Franklin, New Jersey.  A Traditional Irish Breakfast includes: bangers (Irish sausages), rashers (Irish bacon), eggs, potatoes, beans, black pudding, white pudding, tomato, and brown bread.

This event is a big attraction; so make your reservations at least two weeks early!



The 10th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Newton, New Jersey will take place on Saturday, March 16 (St. Patrick’s Day Weekend).  Leading the parade will be Grand Marshals, John and Sue Sullivan and Dawn Delaney and their family and guests.

The parade steps off at 11:30 from Spring Street near Stuart Street; proceeding up Spring Street then turning right onto Moran Street to Memory Park where it will disband.  Spring Street will be closed at 11:00 a.m. from Union Place to Moran Street.  Parade units will stage starting at 9:00 a.m. in the lot located between the Moose Lodge and Camp Iliff on Spring Street.  Fire Department and 

Ambulance Squad units are instructed to stage on Halstead Street near the middle school; but not on school property.

The parade 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. Based on the 2010 turnout, we estimate about 500 participants.

The award winning Lt. R.A. Madden VFW Post 10152 of Ogdensburg, New Jersey will be the parade Honor Guard.  In the past, with good weather, several thousand spectators have gathered along Spring Street to watch the floats, bands, marching units, dance groups, animal organizations, novelty entities, and motorized units.

The children's favorites – Irish theme characters and animals, sweets and other free treats, will be featured in the parade.  Please be alert that children do not dash out into parade traffic!

We are most pleased to announce that Mark Hontz will again be our Parade M.C. Mark is a favorite of the spectators and parade participants alike.  He has a charming way of warming up the crowd with his comedic wit, Celtic songs and self-accompaniment on his bagpipes; not to mention Mark’s charming commentary as the parade units pass by the reviewing stand on Spring Street.  

For more information on the parade and attendant activities, call Dennis Harrington, Chairman at (973) 827-9179 or visit our website at:


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