West Orange St Patricks Day Parade 2017
Written on February 3, 2016
Sunday, March 12th, 2017 ~ Step-Off 12:15
The 66th West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 12, 2017 ~ Step-Off 12:15
Main Street & Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Morning Mass at 9:00am Our Lady of the Lake, Pleasant Valley Way, Verona, NJ
Deputy Grand Marshals
The Parade’s other tradition is its annual investiture ceremony. This event is the social highlight of the St. Patrick’s Day season. This is the official swearing in ceremony of the Parade’s Grand Marshal and Deputy Grand Marshals. The piping in and announcing all the former parade honorees from previous years who continue to return to support the Parade highlights the event. The newest honorees are presented with their sashes that day and formerly introduced as part of the “Parade family.” The Parade continues to grow in size and respect as witnessed by larger turnouts of marchers, spectators, and the attendance of U.S. Senators, Governors, Congressman, and other elected officials. It has grown because of the family-atmosphere that has been provided and the family traditions it has fostered. New Jersey’s “Family Parade” will continue to be successful because of the refined way in which it allows Irish-Americans to demonstrate their pride in their heritage and culture in a dignified forum.
The Committee has been an innovator in improving the Parade in so many ways. The advent of flags, banners, posters, websites, pins, corporate sponsorships. etc. has constantly evolved to the point where the Parade has a unique look and feel that may be imitated but cannot be duplicated. The Parade has taken pride in honoring men and women from all walks of life. The Irish have always been proud of being both Americans and of Irish ancestry. They have been among the most patriotic immigrants this country has ever witnessed, winning more Congressional Medals of Honor than any other ethnic group. Even George Washington recognized this fact by having a hand in the formation of the first parade in New York which is older than the country itself and is the biggest in the world today. The West Orange Parade has been a social innovator in having the first woman Grand Marshal and first woman Chairman of any parade in the state. The Parade Committee today continues to be progressive with a relatively young committee which features women in many of the leadership roles. Throughout the history of The Parade there have been many who have contributed to its success and ensuring the continuation of a fine tradition in our community. While there are many who have gone before, The Parade Committee has chosen to remember certain individuals who have touched the hearts of many in a very special way. In 2016 we add the name Brendan P. Tevlin under the names of Archbishop Boland and Patrick J. Melvin. These exceptional gentlemen had a true dedication to the Spirit of St. Patrick and represented the qualities of faith and pride that are integral to the continued success of The Parade.