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Nutley St Patricks Parade 2017

Written on February 2, 2016

2017 Nutley St Patricks Day Parade

Saturday March 4th, 2017 at 1pm

Nutley St Patrick’s Parade

Nutley St Patrick’s Parade

The 39th St.Patrick’s Day Parade will be on March 4, 2017. Preparations have
officially begun!  Parade day will begin with an Investiture Mass at St. Mary’s Church at
10am.  Parade lineup will begin at 12pm at the Holy Family Parking Lot and Parade
Step Off will begin promptly at 1pm.  If you would like to march in the parade but
have a physical restriction that keeps you from marching, please contact us and we can
arrange to have a car for you. If you know a group or an organization that would like to
march in the parade, parade applications are available HERE. For any questions
regarding the parade or to request more information, please email: Parade@nutleyirish.com

2017 Parade Dignitaries

Grand Marshal
Frank Dauksis

Deputy Grand Marshal
Shane McClafferty

Member of the Year
Colleen Nielsen

Parade Queen
Morgan Sim

Firefighter of the Year
Michael Budinick

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.