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Keyport St Patricks Day

Written on February 2, 2016

Keyport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade


Keyport St Patrick’s Parade

Keyport St Patrick’s Parade

Keyport St Patrick’s Parade

Keyport Fire Department host the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Come & enjoy St Patricks Day Parade in Keyport New Jersey

Keyport Fire Department will be holding their Annual St. Patrick’s Parade. Kick-off will be at 1:00 PM. The parade will have the same route as last year (see below). Beginning at St. Joseph’s Church on Maple Place, the parade will move over West Fourth Street and continue on Maple Place to Broad Street where it will then head down to West Front Street, ending at Fireman’s Park. West Front Street between Broad and Main will remain closed until 6:00 PM.

We are proud to announce this year’s Grand Marshal is Bob Strang. Our Deputy Grand Marshal is Jackie Caddle. Participating in our parade will be the following organizations/clubs: Keyport Fire Department, Keyport Mayor and Council, Keyport First Aid Squad and Cadets, Keyport OEM and CERT, Union Beach EMS, Union Beach Fire Department, Union Beach Mayor and Council, Keyport Indians, Democratic Club, Keyport Recreation, Explorers, Republican Party, Kiwanis Club, The Elks, Knights of Columbus, The Masons, Keyport Historical Society, Keyport Kids, Keyport Central School Band, Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. Several of the clubs/organizations will feature floats or vehicles.

There will be several Pipe Bands marching.

A few of the bands will return to McDonagh’s Pub, on West Front Street, for your listening pleasure.

A special thank you to the following sponsors: McDonagh’s Pub, Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative and the Keyport Fire Department.

So join us in Keyport on Saturday, March 25th and show your Irish Pride. Don’t forget to wear your green! Remember, everyone is Irish at the Keyport St. Patrick’s Parade.


Please be advised that the Keyport Fire Department’s 11th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade is scheduled for Saturday, March 25th at 1:00 PM. The parade will be leaving from St. Joseph’s Church. The parade route is as follows: starting at St. Joseph’s, moving over West 4th Street to Maple Place to Broad Street, turning down Broad to West Front Street and ending at Fireman’s Park.

There will be many cars and trucks in the area of the parade route. Residents of Maple Place are not required to move their vehicles, but residents on Broad Street and West Front Street are required to move their vehicles.

Please note: traffic will be disrupted during the parade from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM. Also, West Front Street between Broad and Main Streets will be closed until 6:00 PM.

Break out your chairs and bring your families to enjoy the sights and sounds of Irish Pride on Saturday, March 25th.

If you have any question or concerns, please contact the Parade Chairman, Hank Young, at 732-856-0483 or email him at hank75kfd@aol.com

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.