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Union County St Patricks Day Parade

Written on February 3, 2016

Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade


Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

9:00 AM
The Thornstick Mass will start the day, and be hosted in conjunction with the Elizabeth A.O.H. at St. Patrick’s Church in Elizabeth. A welcoming reception will follow in the church hall after Mass.12:00 Noon
The Reviewing Stand Festivities at Morris and Stuyvesant Avenues in Union begin. Enjoy the “Kid’s Zone”, fun for all ages on Stuyvesant Ave. (just off Morris Ave.)1:00 PM Sharp
The Parade begins with the Marching units gathered on Morris Avenue and along Commerce and Jeanette Avenues. The parade route proceeds east along Morris Avenue to a turn at the Main Reviewing Stand at Stuyvesant Ave. and ends at Roosevelt Avenue.

The Midway Reviewing Stand at Morris and Caldwell Avenues has parade announcers with details of all of the participants, history and other information. It’s a great place to watch the parade!


Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade

General Chairman

Harry Capko

TheUnion County St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Is Dedicated to

The Catholic Schools of Union County

Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade

2017 Grand Marshal

Joe Nolan

Joe Nolan was born and raised in New Jersey – born in Jersey City and raised in his home town and current residence of Westfield, NJ. He has two adult children, Bradley, Conor and a daughter-in-law Michelle. He is currently in a long term relationship with his high school sweetheart Marianne Fitzgerald. Joe went to Holy Trinity Elementary School, and Holy Trinity High School in Westfield, and also attended Seton Hall University in South Orange.

Joe has been doing traffic in New York on the radio since beginning at Shadow Traffic in 1979 and at Metro Traffic Control since it opened in New York in 1988. He started his career in college at one of the nation’s most prestigious college radio stations WSOU-FM in South Orange. While attending Seton Hall, Joe also worked at several small radio stations in New Jersey where he cut his professional chops. This included his first real job at WJDM in Elizabeth. He also worked at WBIO – Parsippany, WKMB in Sterling and WRAN in Randolph. Joe is a large part of the long running “Shannon in the Morning Program” on CBS-FM 101.1 in New York. Mr. Nolan has worked with Radio Hall of Famer Scott Shannon for over 27 years. Mr. Nolan was a fixture on 77WABC, WPLJ, WABC-TV and has been on the air at ESPN Radio, WCBS News Radio 880, and Fresh-FM. Other radio legends Joe has worked with for extended periods include Dan Ingram, Bob Grant, Ross Brittan, Todd Pettingill, Michael Kay, Harley Carnes, Pat Parsons, Ben Farnsworth, Rocky Allen, and Fred Feldman.

Mr. Nolan is the definition of a “Jersey Guy”! He’s the P.A. Announcer at High Point Solutions Stadium for Rutgers Football and also at MetLife Stadium for the New York Jets where his first down and third down calls have become fan favorites. He is the owner and founder of New Jersey Internet Radio which provides radio play-by-play of New Jersey high school sports including football, boys’ and girls’ basketball and lacrosse. He also has been an assistant basketball coach at Immaculata High School in Somerville where both of his sons graduated from. Bradley is an alum of Seton Hall University, where he followed in his Dad’s footsteps becoming News Director and was the only fully credentialed college reporter to Pope Benedict’s trip to the U.S. He currently is a video editor at a commercial video house in New York City and works at Madison Square Garden on game day for the Rangers and Knicks in video operations. Conor graduated from Centenary College in Hackettstown where he was a three year captain of the Men’s Lacrosse team where he still holds several school records. In 2010 Conor led the nation, NCAA Division 3, in assists per game and was in the top ten in every scoring category all 4 years at Centenary. He is currently the General Manger of Universal Lacrosse in Somerville.

Joe has helped with several projects at Immaculata High School in Somerville, including the HIS Hall of Fame. Joe has also been active with several charities and hospitals throughout New Jersey over the years, including West Essex PBA, The New Jersey State Police, Make a Wish Foundation of New Jersey, St. Barnabas Medical Center (Livingston), Vero Amici (Caldwell), Somerset Medical Center (Somerville), The New Jersey Chapter of the CF Foundation, Blythdale Children’s Hospital (Valhalla, NY), and countless others. His hobbies include collecting Lionel trains, golf and boating. He LOVES hockey, specifically the New Jersey Devils.

Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade New Jersey’s Fastest Growing, Family Oriented Parade

Union County 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.