NEWTON, NJ _ St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here and the Newton Fire Department and the Town of Newton is kicking into gear with the 17th annual parade on Saturday March 21, 2020. The parade is pleased to announce that the Newton Town Council – Mayor Sandra Lee Diglio, Deputy Mayor Daniel G. Flynn, Councilman Jason J. Schlaffer, Councilman Matthew S. Dickson, and Councilwoman Helen R. Le Frois – are the 2020 Grand Marshals. Bios and photos of the Council Members can be found here:

Please also join us at the 17 annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Newton on Saturday, March 21, when the Town Council will lead the marchers up Spring Street, Newton in front of thousands of spectators.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. The parade starts at lower Spring Street, heading up and making right down Moran Street and ends at Memory Park. Floats must enter from Diller Ave onto lower Spring St. and must be in place by 9:30am. Walking participates must arrive before 10:45am.

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The parade will feature nearly 100 units including Veterans and Active Members of the Armed Services, Police, Fire and EMS, elected officials, bands, floats, Irish Step Dancers, Community Organizations, local schools, accompanying service and antique vehicles, and a variety of pets. There will also be Irish theme characters and sweets and other free treats for children.

We are pleased to announce that Mark Hontz will again be our Parade M.C. Mark is a favorite of the spectators and Parade participants alike. He has a pleasant way of warming up the crowd with his wit, Celtic songs and self-accompaniment on his bagpipes; not to mention Mark’s charming commentary as the Parade units pass by the reviewing stand on Spring Street.

If your group or organization is interested in joining the parade, please complete a parade application and return it to the Newton Fire Department or the Town of Newton no later than March 7.

Go to for more information, pictures, and parade applications. You can also reach the parade at or