The late Anne Aker of Belmar, a longtime supporter of the parade, will also be honored for her decades of support. 

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — When the 47th annual Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off on Sunday, March 1, it will be led by two individuals who are widely known for their dedication to their Irish heritage.

Scott Fitzgerald of Old Bridge will serve as grand marshal and Eileen Donnelly Biennas of Monroe as deputy grand marshal of the parade, which begins at 12:30 p.m. in Lake Como at North Boulevard and Main Street.

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The Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee salutes Fitzgerald and Biennas — both descendants of Irish immigrants — on their selections for these honorary roles.

Fitzgerald’s great-grandparents and grandparents came to the United States from Counties Cork, Limerick and Longford in the late 1850s and mid-1920s. They settled in The Bronx, where they owned hotels and bar establishments. He lived in the Kingsbridge section of The Bronx until the family moved to the Madison Park section of Old Bridge in 1963.

A member of the Friendly Sons of Shillelagh of Old Bridge since 2004, Fitzgerald served on its executive board for nine years and as president from 2013 to 2014. Last year, he was named Irishman of the Year. While he has attended the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the last 30 years, this will be his 16th year as a marching participant.

Biennas, whose maternal great-grandparents were from Counties Meath and Donegal, is following in her late parents’ parade footsteps. Both active with the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Parade Committee, Charles Edward Donnelly served as grand marshal of the 2002 parade and Kathleen Marie Noel Donnelly as deputy grand marshal in 1998.

A member of the Women of Irish Heritage Jersey Shore since 2004, Biennas currently serves as treasurer of the Belmar/Lake Como parade committee.

For their full biographies, visit the parade’s website by clicking here.

This year’s parade will also be held in memory of Anne Aker of Belmar, who served on the committee for the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade and was deputy grand marshal in 2013.

Aker, who died in February 2019 at age 88, will be remembered during the parade’s Investiture Mass, to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 29 at St. Rose Church, 601 Seventh Avenue, Belmar. 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 reviewing stand will be situated at Main Street and Ninth Avenue, across from Pyanoe Plaza.

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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