'Time to Get Your Irish On' for Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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From left, Belmar/Lake Como St Patrick's Day Parade grand marshal Dan Reilly and parade chairman Chip Cavanagh accept a proclamation from Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty and the borough council. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade commemorative T-shirts are now on sale as organizers gear up for the March 4 event.
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The final parade fundraiser will be held tomorrow, February 25 at the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, Belmar

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — In marking a time-honored tradition and celebrating Irish heritage, the Belmar Council honored the two individuals who will be leading the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, March 4.

Parade grand marshal Dan Reilly and deputy grand marshal Patricia Jenkins were recognized at the council's February 20 meeting through proclamation for their “consistent and admirable service to Belmar and the Irish community.”

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In accepting the honor, Reilly applauded the efforts of the parade committee, which is led by chairman Chip Cavanagh, who joined him at the meeting.“It's a great honor and a great committee,” Reilly told the audience. “I hope you get your Irish on and hope we get great weather.”

Cavanagh said the parade committee is putting the final touches on the event, which will kick off at 12:30 p.m. in Lake Como at 22nd Avenue and Main Street, where marchers will assemble around the lake. From there, the parade will continue north on Main Street to Sixth Avenue.

"We have quite a few pipe bands, floats, and high school and grammar school bands," he said, not to leave out the hundreds of fire trucks and other emergency response vehicles that will be part of the procession.

Marchers are to be dropped off at North Boulevard and Surf Avenue on the east end of Lake Como.  Expect roads in Lake Como and Belmar to be closed beginning at about 10 a.m. Parking will be at a premium in both towns.

NJ Transit will be operating extra trains on the North Jersey Coast Line from the Belmar Train Station, located at Eighth and 10th Avenue n— right around the corner from the parade. Details will be provided on the NJ Transit website closer to parade day.

With nearly 6,000 marchers, more than 40 bands and some 200,000 spectators, the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade has grown into one of the largest and best attended parades in New Jersey.

Parade Bits and Briefs

The final parade fundraiser will be held on Sunday, February 25 at the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, 815 16th Avenue, Belmar.To be held from 2 to 6 p.m., it will feature a hot and cold buffet, complimentary drink, live entertainment, as well the traditional playing of the pipes and drums — all for a $15 donation to support the parade.

On Saturday, March 3, an Investiture Mass will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Church, 601 Seventh Avenue, Belmar, followed by a luncheon at Doolan’s Shore Club, 500 Route 71, Spring Lake Heights. The donation is $35.

Commemorative parade T-shirts are available for $20 each. The green long-sleeve shirts will be sold at the remaining fundraiser and events, and by emailing tshirt@belmarparade.com.

For more information, visit the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee's website, email info@abelmarparade.com or call 732-280-2648. For the latest updates, follow the parade on Facebook.

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