MORRISTOWN, NJ – Thousands of residents and patrons braved the subfreezing temperatures on Saturday afternoon to turn out for Morris County’s 38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade as they were treated to a variety of entertainment throughout the day.

“We march for our Irish heritage and I learned the importance of this parade in my first year as Mayor when we unfortunately had to cancel due to the tail end of a Nor’easter,” Morristown Mayor Timothy Dougherty, a second generation Irishman said during the pre-parade festivities. “I think it’s the greatest parade in the State of New Jersey and we’re going to have a lot of fun today.”

The parade is always a boon for business owners in the downtown district.

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“It’s one of the busiest days of the year for us, we’re one of the big Irish bars here in town,” said Brian Fitzpatrick, co-owner of Grasshopper Off the Green, who lived in Kildare, Ireland when he was younger. “Today is a little more of a party atmosphere and it’s a fun day. The bartenders love it.”

Despite the frigid temperatures, everyone seemed to make the best of the day.

This upcoming Friday, of course, is St. Patrick’s Day, the widely-celebrated Irish holiday. The town will be bustling then, too.