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Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Where Everyone is Irish for the Day

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Leading the parade was the 17th Annual Firefighters Memorial Tribute March, honoring Monmouth County firefighters who died in the line of duty, and the N.Y. Fire Department members who died on 9/11. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Belmar’s Goodwill Hose Fire Co. was among dozens of first-responders that participated in the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Lake Como Mayor Brian Wilton, center with brown cap, and borough council members greet the crowds gathered at the beginning of the route during the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Lake Como council members Kevin Higgins and Ginny Kropac have a little company during their trek along Main Street during the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Belmar Superintendent of Schools David Hallman and Assistant Principal Sarah Wilton lead the Belmar Elementary School contingent at the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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It’s all about the beat — and the march — for the Belmar Elementary School band, led by band director Tom Brennan, far left, during the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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From left, Kathy and Lou Farese of Kathy & Lou’s Kitchen and Stephanie McFadden serve corned beef, stuffed breads, soup and hot dogs in front of Serenity by the Sea during the parade. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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At the Corner Bagelry, employees stand ready to take orders before the parade start; from left, Julie Rizzitello, Bob Whille, George Bardes, Tori Rizzitello and Bryan Shulman. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Main Street Donuts brought out delectable doughnuts, see inset, for its first Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Pictured are, from right, owner Paula Giunta, Rick Canero and Melissa Guinta. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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At The Working Artist, Joey, 1½, and Gia, 3, Pandozzi of Brielle enjoy a bit of playtime during a special event held during the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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The Belmar-based Friendly Sons of Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore came out in force during in the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty, from left, is joined by Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Frank Pallone during the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Kermit the Frog stars in the award-winning display at Fancy Formals Boutique at 923 Main Street. It tied for second in Belmar Business Partnership’s first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Decorating Contest. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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At Big Frog in Belmar Plaza, Gina DellaPorte and Andy Cavallaro were the creative force behind its hand-painted display, which tied for second place in the St. Patrick’s Day Decorating Contest. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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With a quick lesson in line painting from Rich Neral of Belmar public works, Sophia Rokoszak is ready to take on the traditional task in preparation for the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Belmar Elementary eighth-grader Sophia Rokoszak carries out the painting of the traditional green stripe for Sunday’s Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade with the help of Mayor Matthew Doherty. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — As the sun played hide and seek with the clouds yesterday afternoon, the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick's Day Parade marched down Main Street — in step with Irish tradition and community spirit.

As the sun played hide and seek with the clouds yesterday afternoon, the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick's Day Parade marched down Main Street — in step with Irish tradition and community spirit.

Thousands of visitors converged on March 4 upon this popular beach destination — several months before the start of the season — to enjoy the bands, bagpipers, fire trucks, floats and dozens of organizations that participated in the nearly three-hour procession.

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Beginning at the western end of Lake Como, the parade made its way past the spectators lining Main Street until reaching the viewing stand at Pyanoe Plaza at Ninth Avenue.

As many waited in the chilly temperatures for the parade to step off, there was plenty of other sights along the route — from streets vendors selling every kind of green mementos to the businesses offering traditional Irish fare, sweet treats and other parade-inspired festivities.

For many vendors, in fact, the parade marks the end of a sleepy winter and the prelude of the summer ahead, as visitors begin to day-trip especially on the weekends leading up to Memorial Day.

And no St. Patrick’s parade day would be complete without another time-honored tradition — gathering with friends and family at the many bars, restaurants and even in the homes of borough residents. As for the tried-and-true revelers, the bar-hopping lingered on until after dusk in both Belmar and Lake Como.

See below to watch this year’s parade, courtesy of the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. For more photos or information, visit the committee’s website or its Facebook page.

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