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Asbury Park St Patrick’s Day Parade

Written on February 2, 2016

Asbury Park Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 


 Annual Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Parade steps off at 1:00pm at 5th Avenue & Ocean Avenue

Even though the parade takes place on a Sunday afternoon, there is no doubt that people will be ready to party in Asbury Park. The parade kicks off at 1pm and heads south down Ocean Avenue before turning onto Cookman Avenue, through the heart of Asbury Park’s cultural district. The parade ends on Main Street. During the parade, check out some of Asbury Park’s best bars along the parade route, such as Johnny Mac House of Spirits, Bond Street Bar, Brick Wall Tavern, Asbury Ale House and Wonder Bar.

Asbury Park Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Asbury Park Saint Patrick's Day Parade

There are several accounts of Saint Patrick’s death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the “evil eye.” Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin city. A toast for St Patrick’s Day, “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”Saint Patrick’s Day?

Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.

The most important element of Saint Patrick’s Day, after mass, is the Saint Patrick’s Day Parades. Over 300 Saint Patrick’s Day Parades around the world celebrate this famous Saint Patrick’s Day .

The beating  heart of these Saint Patrick’s Day Parades are the Pipe Bands with their stirring music & powerful presence.