Belmar St Patricks Day Parade 2017
Written on February 2, 2016
Sunday March 5th 2017 at 12.30
Starting Time 12:30pm: Parade is held rain, shine, snow or sleet!!!
Ed Donovan Grand Marshal
Ed was born at the Margaret Hague Hospital in Jersey City (wasn’t everyone?), County Hudson, the 33rd Irish county. His father moved the family to Manasquan early in Ed’s life. He grew up there and graduated from St. Denis Grammar School in town and St. Rose High School in Belmar. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hall University, and a Master of Administrative Science degree
Miriam Sheridan Deputy Grand Marshal
Miriam was born in Dublin’s Coombe Hospital to Jack (a New Yorker) & Pauline Farrell in the summer of 1961. The middle child of five children, her brothers and sister (Rory, Brendan, Ruth & Barry) have long since forgiven their parents. Miriam was that terrible middle child, a terror in the neighborhood. In a land where all home mail comes in through the letterbox in the front door, Miriam would sit and wait for the mail. One day the mailman took a little bit too long to release it and left with a savaged pinky. The next letter Mom and Dad received, this time pitched through the letterbox, was from the Post Office asking that they restrain their dog. Neighborhood gardeners were no luckier with their green thumbs when one day she went skipping down their street pulling the tops off all the tulips in the neighbors’ gardens.
Thank you to all Marchers and Supporters who made last year Parade another great success despite a little bit of “White Irish Mist”
In 1974, for the first time, men and women of the Jersey Shore joined together and marched up Main Street in honor of Saint Patrick. Formed and led by the newly formed Jerry Lynch Club, the parade was intended to be a showcase for the Irish Riviera. Entertained by marchers, bands, and a lot of fire engines, crowds lined the streets early on in this 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.