NEWTON, NJ—Despite the semi-chilly weather, residents from Newton, Sparta, Andover, Green, and all over Sussex County gathered on Spring Street, dressed in green for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

This year was Sussex County’s 15th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and had over 941 people marching in it, 79 vehicles, six floats and about 45 animals.

The 2018 Grand Marshall of the parade was Betsy Reilly Sutherland who was born in Newark and met her Brooklyn match, Gene Sutherland on the boardwalk of Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta. Until Gene’s passing, they were an unbeatable team, together for 60 years. In 1964, Betsy and Gene formed Sutherland Packaging, a thriving business in Andover.

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Sutherland is mother to eight children, grandmother to 15 and great-grandmother to eight. She has two undergraduate degrees, is a lover of animals and a very active member of the Sussex County Community, highlighted by her founding of the shelter for homeless expectant mothers, Birth Haven, over 30 years ago. Sutherland said she is very proud of her Irish heritage and has visited Ireland many times.

The groups that participate in the parade are as follows in order of appearance:

  • Newton Police-Chief of Police Michael Richards
  • Lieutenant Robert A Madden Post 10152 Ogdensburg
  • VFW commanded by George Lott
  • Police Pipes and Drums of Morris County
  • 2018 Grand Marshall- Betsy Reilly Sutherland and her family
  • Newton Town Dignitaries:
    • Sandra Diglio- Councilwoman
    • Helen LeFois-Councilwoman
    • Daniel Flynn-Councilman
    • Kevin Elvidge- Deputy Mayor
  • An Clar School of Irish Dance
  • Newton Medical Center
  • Award Winning Franklin Band
  • Town Fire Departments and Ambulance Squads
    • Newton Fire Department
    • Newton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary
    • Newton First Aid Squad
    • Hampton Township Fire & Rescue Department
    • Andover Borough Fire Department
    • Andover Township Fire Department
    • Branchville Hose Company No. 1
    • Byram Township Fire Department
    • Fredon Township Fire Department
    • Green Township Fire Department
    • Hamburg Fire Department
    • Lafayette Volunteer Fire Department
    • Sparta Township Fire Department
  • Celtic United Pipes and Drums Color Guard
  • Celtic United Pipes and Drums Band
  • Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1002 Color Guard
  • State Officials representing the 24th district
    • State Senator- Steve Oroho
    • Assemblyman Parker Space
  • Sussex County Officials- freeholders
    • Johnathan Rose- freeholder director
    • Sylvia Petillo- freeholder deputy director
    • George Graham- freeholder member
    • Herbert Yardley- freeholder member
  • Sussex County Republican Committee
  • Sussex County Democratic Committee
  • Skylands Tea Party
  • Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce- Director Nancy Woods
  • Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice
  • Weichert Realtors
  • Local 212
  • PFC Jeffrey Patterson Marine Corps. League Detachment 747
  • Rory O’Moore School of Popes and Drums
  • Past Grand Marshalls- Paul Crowley (2017)
  • Sussex County St. Patrick’s Events Committee
  • Sussex County Fair Pageant Winners
    • Sussex County Queen of the Fair- Miss Green Township Kelly Schmerber
    • Miss Branchville-Hanna Orr
    • Miss Byram- Michele Walters
    • Miss Fredon- Emily Higgins
    • Miss Hampton-Faith Van De Moere
    • Miss Hopatcong- Tara NixDorff
    • Miss Lafayette & 1st runner up Queen- Caitlyn Kunz
    • Miss Newton- Lisa Qarmout
    • Miss Stanhope- Catherin Barry
    • Miss Sussex-Taylor McKay
    • Miss Sparta- Isabella Candelora
    • Miss Stillwater- Jessica Taylor
    • Miss Wantage- Lexus Decker
  • Little Miss Newton- Emily Rossi
  • Little Mister Newton- Ian Dodd
  • Girl Scout Troop 6298 from Ogdensburg
  • Girl Scout Troop 96602 from Wantage
  • 27th Regiment NJ Volunteer Company F-Civil War Re-enactment
  • Tri-county Pipes and Drums Band
  • Lenahan School of Irish Dance
  • Catholic Academy of Sussex County
  • St. Therese School From Succasunna
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Don Bosco Columbiettes
  • Saint Kateri Knights of Columbus Squires and Roses
  • UNICO-Sparta Chapter
  • Oakland Raiders Fan Club
  • Rangers of Wild West City
  • Christ Community Church
  • North Antique Engine and Machinery Club
  • Sussex County Capricorns 4H Goat Club
  • Happy Horses 4H Club
  • New Jersey Quarter Horse Association
  • Clear Channel IHeart Media & Entertainment
    • 102.3 WSUS
    • 103.7 WNNJ
  • Quad vehicle from Tri-state rentals ended out the parade

Many more parade photos can be found in a photo album on Tapinto Newton’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/TAPintoNewton/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1299032393529525