BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Fundraisers on six consecutive Sundays will highlight the countdown to the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 3.

This Sunday, January 13, the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh at 15 Oak Street, Old Bridge, will host the first event, followed by these establishments through to the week before the parade.

  • January 20: The Salty Whale with music by the Pat Roddy Band, 390 Main Street, Manasquan.
  • January 27: Bar Anticipation with music by The Snakes, 703 16th Avenue, Lake Como.
  • February 10: Marina Grille, 902 Route 35, Belmar.
  • February 17, Boathouse Bar & Grill, 1309 Main Street, Belmar.
  • February 24: Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore, 815 16th Avenue, Belmar.

All events, to be held from 2 to 6 p.m., 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.

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Proceeds raised will help cover the cost of the parade, which has grown into one of the largest and best attended parades in New Jersey with nearly 6,000 marchers, more than 40 bands and some 200,000 spectators.

On Saturday, March 2, 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.

Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at 12:30 p.m. on March 3 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, crossing into Belmar and proceeding to Sixth Avenue.

To register an organization or group to march in the parade, visit its website and click on parade registration.

For more information, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee can be reached at 732-280-2648 or email info@abelmarparade.com.

For the latest updates, follow the parade on Facebook.

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