Arts & Entertainment

Despite the Cold, Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Marches On

42ffab93062563f45b2b_2017_st._pat_s_parade_17.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Credits: Township of Union TV34
c09623dda138f7369bdb_2017_st._pat_s_parade_14.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Credits: Township of Union TV34
21574d53a532dbba4877_2017_st._pat_s_parade_18.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
c14b4ce7a764db7814b5_2017_st._pat_s_day_parade_18.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Credits: Township of Union TV34
a1b2ca79ca34845cd728_2017_st._pat_s_parade_4.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
308b2ec5d3796d89e869_2017_st._pat_s_parade_15.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Credits: Township of Union TV34
1b6f4f44ac105c9cbf6c_2017_st._pat_s_parade_13.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Credits: Township of Union TV34
4d5b4de74b2063bd7bd0_2017_st._pat_s_parade_12.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Credits: Township of Union TV34
4b720f2f00e9b915bb37_2017_st._pat_s_parade_11.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Credits: Township of Union TV34
b73c2b56f7f6381174f9_2017_st._pat_s_parade_2.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Credits: Township of Union TV34
943c75dee61d7d6c3202_2017_st._pat_s_parade_9.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Credits: Township of Union TV34
47bc7cd53105c298ba80_2017_st._pat_s_parade_8.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Credits: Township of Union TV34
784f1196010aa462ea83_2017_st._pat_s_parade_6.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
6271a366e6f8bd09f639_2017_st._pat_s_parade_5.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
c58ecfc7e39299a51f58_2017_st._pat_s_parade_10.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
b975ea735ba0521aefef_2017_st._pat_s_parade_3.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
2d7b97a25319ad8bc6af_2017_st._pat_s_parade_1.jpg
2017 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
42ffab93062563f45b2b_2017_st._pat_s_parade_17.jpg

UNION, NJ – Despite frigid weather, marchers took to the streets for the 21th Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Union.  Although the crowds were smaller than usual, thousands did come out to watch as numerous pipe and drum bands, police associations, fireman, civic organizations, Irish dancers and hundreds of others marched up Morris and Stuyvesant Avenues to the sounds of bagpipers and high school bands. 

Among the dignitaries in attendance at the parade this year were U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, State Senator Raymond Lesniak, Assemblyman Jamel Holley and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Congressmen Leonard Lance and Donald Payne, Jr., Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan, and Union County Freeholders Bruce Bergen, Vernell Wright, Bette Jean Kowalski, Mohamed Jalloh and Chris Hudak.

The day began with the customary mass at St. Patrick’s Church in Elizabeth.  This year Archbishop Joseph William Cardinal Tobin celebrated the mass followed by a reception there and a procession of vehicles to the parade grandstand in Union. 

Sign Up for E-News

This year’s parade was dedicated to Catholic schools of Union County.  Catholic schools including St. John the Apostle School, St. Michael Parish School (Union and Cranford), Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy, St. Theresa’s School, Roselle Catholic High School marched in the third division.  As an annual tradition, a large contingent of state troopers marched with their band, “The Blue and Gold," in honor of deceased trooper and Union County resident Thomas Hanratty.

This year's Grand Marshal was traffic reporter Joe Nolan, who led the parade with his many aides.   General Chairman Harry Capko, Parade Adjutant Debbie Sully with Division and Assistant Adjutants and parade committee members

“It was really cold, but we had a great time anyway,” said Camille Burrows, who watched the parade with her family.  “We just dressed for it.”

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Small Fire Extinguished at Addams Tavern in Westfield

June 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — It likely started with a smoldering cigarette, according to Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Tiller.

The fire that started in a flower planter on an outside deck on the second floor of Addams Tavern Wednesday caused a lot of smoke as it spread to the flooring, but only about a three-foot by three-foot area was damaged, Tiller said.

The restaurant at 115 Elm St. is ...

Is Summer Camp the Right Choice for My Child?

Is your child attending camp this summer? Is it their first experience away?  If yes, it can be an experience causing anxiety for you, for the parent and the child. 

This experience can be frightening to your child if it is their first time and it is so important that they do not see your worry or anxiety about leaving home for the first time… especially if it is sleep ...

What Are The Warning Signs of Suicide

The recent passings of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain remind us to take mental illness seriously. 

Many of us feel uncomfortable to ask when someone in distress is suicidal for fear we are putting this thought in their minds. This is not true. It is a myth that asking about suicide increases the risk of suicide. The most common mental illness is depression. Some people are ...

Greatness

In honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's (of righteous memory) 24th  Yahrtzeit (anniversary of his passing) this coming Saturday the 16th.

Excerpts from an address given by Nobel-laureate Elie Wiesel on April 7, 1992, at a congressional dinner held in Washington on the occasion of the Rebbe's 90th birthday.

Some of you are aware of my admiration, not only ...

Watson Coleman Statement on Shooting at Trenton Art All Night

June 17, 2018

Dear Editor:

I am saddened and angered at the violence that took place at Art All Night (in Trenton) early this morning, and I am praying for all of the families involved, but, as I’ve said before, that’s not enough. After every shooting, we talk about motive, mental illness and every other distraction from the real problem — guns.

New Jersey has some of the strongest gun ...

Medical Mystery of the Month – Exploding Head Syndrome

June 4, 2018

Scotch Plains, NJ - Have you ever heard a gunshot or other loud noise when falling asleep or upon waking, but the person right next to you didn’t hear a thing? If so, you may have been experiencing exploding head syndrome (EHS.) Other reported sounds from people who suffer from this condition include roaring, waves crashing, explosions or loud ringing, and for some, flashes of light may ...

Springsteen and His Layered Lyrics at the Scotch Plains Library

June 17, 2018

​On Monday, July 16 at 7pm, Prudence Jones, professor at Montclair University, will present Springsteen and his Layered Lyrics as part of the Scotch Plains Public Library’s Libraries Rock summer reading program.

As generations of fans have been impacted by his music, Bruce Springsteen was influenced by the American folk tradition, which he then reinterpreted to create new sounds and ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, June 22, 7:30 PM

Crossroads, Garwood

Benefit Concert

Giving Back

Mon, June 25, 9:00 AM

Terrill Road Baptist Chruch, Scotch Plains

LifeWay’s 2018 Vacation Bible School at Terrill ...

Religions And Spirituality