Arts & Entertainment

West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade to Honor Brendan Tevlin

14d253992bbad703dad6_4eeee320c7d4132ab770_image.jpeg
14d253992bbad703dad6_4eeee320c7d4132ab770_image.jpeg

WEST ORANGE, NJ — St. Patrick's Day is almost here. While not a legal holiday in the United States, March 17 is nevertheless widely celebrated across the Garden State, especially in West Orange. The 65th West Orange St. Patrick's Day Parade is set for Sunday, March 13, with the Step-Off scheduled for 12:15 p.m. at Main Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue.

Many towns, like West Orange, host annual parades in the weekends leading up to and directly following the 17th when not just Irish eyes are smiling. Some parades are billed as 'The Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade,' while others, like West Orange go all out.

Morning Mass will be held at 9:15 a.m. on the day at St. Joseph's Church, which is located at Benvenue Avenue in West Orange.

Sign Up for E-News

This year, Maureen E. O’Hara has been named the Grand Marshal, and the following have been selected as Deputy Grand Marshals: Brian AkerMichael Keigher, John McElroyTim Sexton.

In addition, Brendan Tevlin, who was slain June 25, 2014, is this year’s parade honoree. Parade Chairman Thomas Brennan posted the following on the parade website

“Our Parade has always been about Faith, Family, and Tradition. Brendan Tevlin exemplified those traits. His faith was strong and recognized throughout the Irish community. Brendan was a part of our parade family. He participated in our parade since he was a baby; at first carried up the street and then marching as a Piper. He was active with our parade committee and was always ready to assist. I believe that one day Brendan would've been chairman and in the future a Grand Marshal. He was everything that this parade represents, and that is why at the investiture I will announce that we will put Brendan's name 'In Memoriam' of our Parade alongside the names of Archbishop Thomas A. Boland and Patrick Melvin."

Parade Day Info

  • Morning Mass will begin at 9:15 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Benevenue Avenue, West Orange. Honorees, Parade Committee, the Frank O’Hara Association and the Irish American Society members and their families have been asked to begin assembling at 8:45 a.m.
  • Main Street will be closed to traffic (north and south bound) at approximately 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow for shuttle buses to transport marchers and spectators to the beginning of the Parade Route. 
  • Eagle Rock Avenue, beginning at the entrance to Eagle Rock Reservation (east bound at Crest Drive (Eagle Rock Reservation) and to all traffic at Mountain Avenue), will be closed to traffic beginning at 11 a.m.
  • Mt. Pleasant Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic at Gregory Avenue, eastbound and to all vehicular traffic at Laird Drive.
  • Ancillary Streets along the Main Street corridor may also be closed as needed.
  • The parade route will start at the corners of Main Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue (West Orange Town Hall) and run north along Main Street to Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Eagle Rock Avenue. 
  • Grand Stands will be located on Main Street across from Community House and in front of Degnan House. Parade ad books will be available.
  • Shuttle buses will run from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. from the corner of Mississippi Avenue and Eagle Rock Avenue to the beginning of the parade at Main Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue.
  • Parking will be available at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, school parking lots and on adjacent streets. Parking at the beginning of the Parade will also be available on streets adjacent to Main Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue. Guests are asked not to block driveways. Those that do block driveways will get towed.
  • Parking restrictions. Emergency No Parking signage will be placed along the Parade Routes and ancillary Streets along the parade route. Vehicles in violation of parking restrictions will be ticketed and impounded at the owner’s expense.

Click HERE to see photos from last year's parade.

Other NJ St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Newark plays host to the oldest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the state and will be holding its 81st this year, while others like Asbury Park held their first back in 2014. Belmar's St. Patrick's Day always brings out the green on the first Sunday in March and has the distinction of being New Jersey's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade. To accommodate the masses that head to the shore for this one, NJ Transit runs extra trains.

The most time-honored and publicized parade is held across the Hudson in NYC along Fifth Avenue on St. Patrick's Day and will be televised on NBC beginning at 11 a.m. However, for a little Irish pride closer to home, below is a list of other New Jersey St. Patrick's Day Parades.

Note: As with any parade, it is recommended to arrive early to stake out the ideal viewing spot.

Sunday, March 6

  • Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick's Day Parade - 12:30 p.m. on North Boulevard, rain or shine

Friday, March 11

  • Newark St. Patrick's Day Parade - 1 p.m. outside of the Prudential Center on Mulberry Street and moves toward the Gateway Center
  • Matawan's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade - 6 p.m. at 176 Jackson Street

Saturday, March 12

  • Ocean County St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at noon on the Boulevard in Seaside Heights
  • Morris County St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at noon in Morristown on the corner of South and James Street
  • North Wildwood St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration - 11:30 a.m. at City Hall on 901 Atlantic Avenue
  • Hamilton St. Patrick's Day Parade - 1 p.m. at the Nottinghan Fire Company at 200 Mercer Street in Hamilton Square
  • Keyport St. Patrick's Day Parade - 1 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church on Maple Place
  • Union County's St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at noon at the corner of Morris and Stuyvesant Avenues in Union Township
  • Atlantic City St. Patrick's Day Parade - 1 p.m. at Garden State Pier
  • South Amboy St. Patrick's Day Parade - 2 p.m. at South Pine Avenue, rain date is March 19
  • Sea Isle City St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration - begins at 3:30 p.m. on Landis Avenue from 83rd to 63rd Streets; celebration to follow at Kix McNutley's on 63rd Street

Sunday, March 13

  • West Orange St. Patrick's Day Parade - 12:15 p.m. at Town Hall on Mount Pleasant Avenue and Main Street; parade moves north on Main Street
  • Hackettstown St. Patrick's Day Parade - 3:30 p.m. on Main Street
  • Freehold St. Patrick's Day Parade - 12 p.m. at Freehold Borough Hall of Records on Main Street
  • Asbury Park St. Patrick's Day Parade - 1 p.m. at Fifth and Ocean Avenue
  • Rumson St. Patrick's Day Parade - 1 p.m. at River Road and First Street
  • Jersey City St. Patrick's Day Parade - 12:30 p.m.at Kennedy Boulevard at Lincoln Park; parade moves toward Journal Square
  • West Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. at South Third Street and Harrison Avenue in Harrison. This parade also makes its way through Kearny and East Newark
  • Somerville St. Patrick's Day Parade - 1:30 p.m. on Main Street
  • Woodbridge St. Patrick's Day Parade - 1:30 p.m. at Woodbridge High School at 1 Samuel Lupo Place
  • Bergen County St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. on Washington Avenue in Bergenfield
  • Hunterdon County St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 3 p.m. on Main Street in Clinton

Saturday, March 19

  • Highlands St. Patrick's Day Parade - 2 p.m. at Huddy Park on Bay Avenue
  • Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on Spring Street in Newton by Stuart Street
  • Robbinsville St. Patrick's Day Parade - 1 p.m. at the Foxmoor Shopping Center on Washington Boulevard

Sunday, March 20

  • Bayonne St. Patrick's Day Parade - 1 p.m. at Broadway and Fifth Street, rain or shine

Saturday, April 2

  • Ringwood St. Patrick's Day Parade - 1 p.m Ringwood Plaza on Skyline Drive, rain or shine

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Verona/Cedar Grove

Original Pancake House of West Caldwell Evacuated in Possible Pepper Spray Incident

May 20, 2018

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The Original Pancake House in West Caldwell was evacuated early Saturday afternoon due to a possible pepper spray incident that caused ambulances from the West Essex, Verona and Bloomfield First Aid Squads to assist at the scene.

Bianca Pietro, a West Orange mother of two, said she was seated inside the glass atrium on the south side of the building that faces ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

May 9, 2018

On May 4, 2018 at 2:58 p.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella stopped a vehicle for not having an inspection decal and an obstructed windshield. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 28 year old male operator from Paterson for driving with a suspended license and having a suspended registration. His vehicle was impounded and he was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

Community Sends Thoughts and Prayers to East Brook Middle School, Paramus Strong

May 17, 2018

PARAMUS, NJ – Around 10:30 AM Thursday morning, a bus filled with East Brook Middle School 5th Grade Students was involved in a motor vehicle accident along I-80 in Mount Olive, NJ. The students were enroute to Waterloo Village for a class field trip. It was initially reported that the bus had collided with a dump truck causing the bus to roll into the median and dislodge from its ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, May 21, 7:00 PM

Hospital Auditorium, Glen Ridge

Tour of the Birthing Center

Health & Wellness

Tue, May 22, 6:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

How to Live Longer and Stay Healthy

Health & Wellness

Wed, May 23, 7:30 PM

Cedar Grove Public Library, Cedar Grove

The Caldwell Railway

Arts & Entertainment

Author Event at Cedar Grove Library

May 16, 2018

Meet Author and Cedar Grove Resident, Lisa Romeo at the Cedar Grove Library on Thursday, May 17 @ 7 pm. as she discusses her new memoir, Starting with Goodbye, which explores grief, love, loss and father/daughter bonds. Come hear about her book, ask questions and enjoy some light refreshments. Books will be available for sale signed by the author.

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

'The Sting' with Harry Connick Jr. Slithers and Shakes at Paper Mill

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and Chicago.  Scott Joplin’s music is intertwined with the show, especially “The ...