UNION, NJ –The Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 11 in Union.

The parade begins on Morris Avenue at Commerce Avenue and proceeds east on Morris, making a right turn onto Stuyvesant Avenue, continuing toward the Pearl Harbor memorial at Stuyvesant and Elmwood Avenues.  Traffic will be rerouted in the area beginning at 9:00 a.m. until approximately 5:00 p.m.

The Township of Union police have advised residents that extensive travel delays should be expected.  “Please add at least 30 minutes to your travel itinerary,” police advise.

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Parade committee representatives will be wearing top hats and tuxedos.  Only official parade floats and vehicles will be allowed into the parade zone after 9:00 a.m.  All other traffic, which includes marchers, spectators, and residents should approach these destinations from the designated entry checkpoints manned by uniformed police officers.

Vehicles will not be permitted to drive on or across the closed sections of Morris Avenue or Stuyvesant Avenue.

Rides and amusements will be located on Stuyvesant Avenue, between Morris Avenue and Vauxhall Road.  The amusement area will contain rides for children under 12 years old.  The most congested spectator area of the parade is directly around Union Center.  Less crowded areas are on Morris Avenue between Johnson Place and Burnet Middle School.

According to township police, marchers, spectators and residents may park in the following lots free of charge:  The upper and lower lot of Town Hall, the Atlantic City daily commuter lot at Morris and Adams Avenues, the Stowe Street municipal lot, the Biertuempfel Park lot, the Hannah Caldwell School lot, the Burnet Middle School lot, the Caldwell Avenues municipal lot near Police Headquarters, the Union High School lot, the municipal lot at Stuyvesant Avenue and High Street.  Legal on-street parking is also available.

Time limit and permit parking restrictions will be waived during the parade.  All other parking restrictions will be strictly enforced. 

Police remind parade spectators that public drinking is prohibited.  Intoxicated or disorderly persons, or persons with open containers of alcohol, will not be permitted and will be subject to summons and/or arrest.

For specific parade information, contact Town Hall at 908-688-2800 or the Union Police Department at 908-851-5000.