SOMERVILLE, NJ - As Irish luck would have it, the rain stopped just in time for the borough's 28th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, and although there was no rainbow with a pot o' gold, there were thousands of spectators along Main Street who didn't seem to mind.

Damp, chilly, wth a slight mist in the air - a typical day in the Irish countryside - the hour long parade featured 140 marching units, including the Somerset County Police Pipes and Drums, Somerville High School Marching Band and Color Guard, Immaculate Conception School Marching Band, Immaculata High School Marching Band and Color Guard, pipe and drum marching units from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, dozens of Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, Irish step dancers, Irish Wolfhounds, fire companies, youth groups, politicians and others.

Irish flags were posted along the entire Main Street parade route, which began at the east end of the borough, passing in front of the historic Somerset County Administration building and Historic County Courthouse, ending at the west end of town at the plaza in front of Borough Hall at West End Avenue..

Leading the line of march was Grand Marshal Jim Walsh, a Hillsborough resident and longtime member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Patrick's Division  and the 2019 Hibernian of the Year.