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.
“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