BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — The Order of the Friendly Sons of Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore hosted the final fundraiser for the 47th annual Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade with an afternoon full of Irish traditions, song, drink …. and just plain fun.

The February 23 benefit at the club’s 18th Avenue’s headquarters featured entertainment by the Pat Roddy Band and a performance by the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore Pipe Band — the perfect pairing of musical talent to get the crowd revved up in preparation for the much-anticipated parade on Sunday, March 1.

The final two events before the parade will be held on Saturday, February 29. There will be an Investiture Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Church, 601 Seventh Avenue, Belmar. The ceremonial service will be held in memory of Anne Aker of Belmar, who served on the organizational committee for the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade and was deputy grand marshal of the 2013 parade. She died in February 2019 at age 88.

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It will be followed by a luncheon at Doolan’s Shore Club, 500 Route 71, Spring Lake Heights. The donation is $35.

Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at 12:30 p.m. on March 1 in Lake Como at North Boulevard and Main Street, where marchers will assemble around the lake. From there, the parade will continue north on Main Street, crossing into Belmar and proceeding to Sixth Avenue.

The event has grown into one of the largest and best attended parades in New Jersey with nearly 6,000 marchers, more than 40 bands and some 200,000 spectators.

For more information, visit the parade’s website, or the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee can be reached at 732-280-2648 or by email at info@abelmarparade.com.

For the latest updates and more fundraiser photos, visit the parade’s Facebook page.

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