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St Patrick's Day Celebrations: The Best New Jersey Parades and Events

St Patrick's Day Parades

Discover New Jersey's Best St. Patrick's Day Celebrations: Uncover The Top Parades, popular events, and hidden gems

March is the time for the Irish Americans to plan and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with all it's festivities, parades, entertainment, and of course some green beer and Corn Beef and Cabbage.

And for others, (mostly Irish wannabes for the day) they will join in with their Irish friends for a trip to the local Irish pub for some Irish beer and entertainment.

One of the myths that has perpetuated is that "Corn Beef and Cabbage" is a typical Irish meal. Before the Irish came to America, corn beef was not a staple of the Irish diet in Ireland. You would have to go to the Jewish deli's in Ireland to find Corn Beef. When the Irish came to America they found corn beef much more affordable and soon began to substitute Corn Beef for Bacon and other meat staples along with Cabbage.

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland is known for bringing Christianity to Ireland. Others have recognized him for ridding Ireland of snakes. This may be mostly myth as snakes was probably symbolic of putting an end to pagan practices. Today, St. Patrick's Day has come to be a day when everything and everyone Irish have come to celebrate all that is Irish --- with an added twist on some American adopted traditions.

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.

Due to health and well-being concerns associated with the CoronaVirus, many of the towns have either cancelled or postponed this years St. Patrick's Day celebration. Please check in with the contact information on the listings for the latest status.

2020 Northern New Jersey St Patrick's Day
Parades and Irish Events

(Listed by earliest date)

Rutherford, NJ - St Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 1, 2020; at 1pm
Event Contact: Deb O'neill, 201-424-3830,
Come celebrate Saint Patrick's Day and join in to congratulate their 2020 Dignitaries!! Hosted by the Rutherford Irish American Association.
The parade route takes place along Park Avenue, starting at Woodland Avenue and going north through downtown and ending at Ames Avenue.

The Annual LepreCon St Paddy's Celebration in Hoboken
Saturday March 7, 2020
On Saturday March 7, 2020, Hoboken will unite in solidarity for the biggest event of the year, the annual St Paddy's Hoboken Celebration. Come out and enjoy the best venues Hoboken has to offer while participating in the Irish pride festivities. With so many venues participating in this years "All Access Pass", it's sure to bring out thousands of energetic Hoboken party-goers.

Nutley, NJ - Parade
Saturday March 7, 2020 at 1pm
Parade stepoff will begin at The Holy Family Church, 28 Brookline Ave. then heads west to Franklin Avenue, where it turns north through the center of town. The grandstand will be in front of Walker Middle School, near the parade's end at Chestnut Stree

Newark, NJ - Parade

Friday, March 13, 2020; @ 1:00 pm
The will begin promptly at 1:00 pm, Proceeding from the Prudential Center to Gateway Center, NJPAC, Military Park, St. Patrick's Pro-Cathedral, and Washington Park . The parade is part of a larger Irish celebration in Newark that includes an Irish Heritage Week

Guttenberg St. Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 14th 2020; @ 1pm
Parade begins at 68th Street and Madison Street and circles through town, concluding at the Wild Rover Pub, 7103 Park Ave. where there will be a bandstand and live music.

Morristown, NJ - Parade

Saturday, March 14, 2020; @ Noon
The day begins with Mass at 10:00am at the Church of the Assumption, off Maple Avenue in Morristown. at the corner of South Street and James Street. The parade route is South Street to Atno Avenue. There will be about 20 bands with about 50,000 in attendance either in the parade or as spectators.

Union County/ Elizabeth, NJ
- Parade
Saturday, March 14, 2020
The Parade begins in Union with the Marching units gathering at Morris Avenue and along Commerce and Jeanette Avenues, the parade route proceeds east along Morris Avenue to a turn at the Main Reviewing Stand and ends at Roosevelt Avenue. The Midway Reviewing Stand is at Morris and Caldwell Avenues. The event will feature bagpipers, dancers, grand floats and non-stop music. Join us in Union Center on Stuyvesant Ave for delicious festival foods, kids rides, activities and vendors. Bring your chairs to enjoy the parade.

39th Annual Bergen County (Bergenfield) St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 15th, 2020; @2pm
Proceeds along Washington Ave in downtown Bergenfield.
Bergenfield, N.J.
The Parade will be preceded by the Flag raising ceremony @ 1:00 P.M., at the Roy Brown Middle School, 130 South Washington Ave, Bergenfield, N.J.

Hackettstown, NJ Parade
Sunday, March 15, 2020; Parade kickoff at 3:30pm
The parade route will begin in front of Post Office 120 Grand Ave. Round right corner onto Main Street toward David's Country Inn Bear right onto Mountain Ave., march down End route at Union Cemetery

Jersey City Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday March 15, 2020; step off @ 12pm
The parade begins at Lincoln Park in the heart of Jersey City and continues along Kennedy Boulevard ending at Journal Square.

West Hudson 47th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 15, 2020 @ 2 PM ·
Facebook page
The parade winds its way through two towns and one borough, Harrison, Kearny and East Newark, The line of march begins at S. Third Street and Harrison Avenue in Harrison. The parade makes a turn on Central Avenue in East Newark and then moves on to Kearny Avenue and Johnston Street in Kearny.

West Orange, NJ Parade
Sunday, March 15, 2020; Step-Off @ 12:15
The parade route begins at the corners of Main Street & Mt. Pleasant Avenue (WO Town Hall) and runs north along Main Street to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Eagle Rock Avenue

Eileen Ivers St. Patrick's Day Celebration
March 17, 2020; 7:30pm — 9:30pm
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
South Orange, NJ 07079
Tickets $30-$40
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and music star of Riverdance, Eileen Ivers. Eileen will change the way you think about the fiddle and about Celtic music.

Sussex County, (Newton), NJ - Parade
Saturday, March 21, 2020 @ 11:30 am
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Spring Street, Newton, New Jersey. Line up begins at 9 a.m.

Bayonne, NJ St Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 22, 2020 @1PM
Begins at 1pm on Broadway from 5th St to 39th St. The parade route will go up Broadway to 40th Street, then west on 40th Street to the reviewing stand, which will be located at the entrance to Gregg-Bayonne County Park, between 40th and 41st Streets on Avenue C

Ringwood, NJ - Parade
Saturday, March 28, 2020 @1:00 pm
Parade begins at The Ringwood Plaza, goes down Skyline Drive then up to 112 Erskine Road

2020 Central New Jersey St Patrick's Day
Parades and Irish Events

(Listed by earliest date)

Belmar - Lake Como, NJ - St. Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 1, 2020 @ 12:30 p.m
One of the top St Patrick's Day Parades in NJ. Starts at 12:30 PM, from the western end of Lake Come at 3rd Ave and North Blvd. Parade is held rain, shine, snow, sleet etc.

Asbury Park, NJ St Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 8, 2020 @ 1:00 PM
This event is more than just your ordinary St. Patrick's Day Parade. It will featuring rock 'n' roll bands, zombies, mummers and more.
The parade route begins at the Asbury Park Boardwalk on Ocean Ave at 5th Ave and continues southwest towards our downtown. The reviewing stand & VIP area will be located in the heart of downtown at Press Plaza (Cookman/Emory Ave). The parade ends on Main St in Municipal Plaza

Ocean County/Seaside Heights, NJ - Parade
Saturday. March 7, 2020 @ Noon
The parade begins at on the Boulevard and goes 1- 1/4 miles long starting at the Seaside Park border and ending at Sampson Avenue. The rain date scheduled for the next day. This is a popular parade, last year over 75,000 people watching. marching bands and floats.

Rumson, NJ - Parade & Festival
March 8th, 2020; @ 1:00 pm (Rain or Shine)
Parade begins on East River Road and proceeds to Victory Park and to Carton Street.
This event is more than a parade. It features 8 bag pipe bands, floats, marching bands, Irish Step Dancers, traditional Irish food, antique and classic cars, novelty acts, veteran groups and much more.

Woodbridge, NJ - Parade
Sunday, March 8, 2020 @ 1:30pm
Parade begins Woodbridge High School, Route 35 and ends at Woodbridge Town Hall, Main St.

Hamilton, NJ - Parade
Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 1:00pm
The annual St Patrick's Day Parade begins at the Nottingham Fire House located at 200 Mercer Street in Hamilton, NJ

St. Patrick’s Day in the 1830s
Saturday, March 14 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, NJ
Cost: Adult, $5.00; Child $3.00 Day of Event Pricing at Admission Gate: Adult, $10.00; Children $7.00 Children are 2 - 12 years; Under 2 Free.
Join us in the Village to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Live Irish music, Irish dancing, cooking demonstrations of traditional Irish fare.
The event features an interactive reenactment exploring the life and times of the early 1800’s. Mr. Allaire has given the Irish workers the day off which the rest of the workers do not take too kindly too.. There is a special chapel program at 1pm and 3pm.

Laurita St. Patrick's Day Festival
March 14, 15, 2020
Laurita Winery
35 Archertown Road
New Egypt, NJ 08533
Cost: Free general admission
Whether you’re Irish or just look good in green, come celebrate Irishness at the Laurita St. Patrick's Day Festival. Enjoy great Irish food and music. Bring your family and friends to Laurita for an exciting weekend of fantastic fun, toe-tapping Irish music, and wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.
Music Line-up:
Saturday, 12-4pm Bog Boys , 4:30-8:30pm Dave and Ellen
Sunday, 12:30-4:30pm Ballyhaunis

Clinton NJ 7th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 15, 2020; 3:00pm — 4:15pm
Main St.
Clinton, NJ 08809
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Seventh Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on March 15th,2020. The Parade kicks off at three o'clock on Main Street in beautiful downtown Clinton, home of the historic Red Mill. The parade has over forty marching units which includes five pipe and drum bands featuring the NJ State Police Pipes and Drums of the Blue and Gold. The other marching units include fire engines from the Town of Clinton,Civil War re-enactors,horses, dogs and local community groups. This is a family friendly, fun day culminating in the After Party which begins at 4 pm at the Red Mill. The Parade is FREE and the After Party is a ticketed event.

Freehold Borough - Parade
This years St. Patrick's Day Parade scheduled for March 15, 2020 is officially postponed until September 13, 2020. This new event will be called Halfway to St. Patrick's Day
Downtown Freehold
The parade route this year will march from Mclean Street to the Elk's Lodge.

Somerville, NJ St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 15, 2020; @, 1:30pm
Parade begins at the corner of Main and Grove Streets in downtown Somerville and will proceed west to West End Avenue near Immaculate Conception Church. A pre-parade show is typically held weather permitting at 1:00 P.M. and will feature Irish Dancing exhibitions, and will be located in front of the Review Stand at the corner of Main Street and Doughty Avenue

South Amboy St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 15, 2020; starting at 2PM.
Marchers will line up on South Pine Avenue starting at 1 PM. Step off is 2 pm
The parade then takes the following route:Head North on S. Pine St.
Turn Right onto Bordentown Avenue
Turn Left onto South Stevens
Turn Right on 2nd Street
Turn Right on Broadway ​
The parade ends on Broadway at the reviewing stage.

Highlands, NJ - St Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 21, 2020; 2:00 PM
This parade features a competition of Floats, many giveaways, 12 Pipe & Drum Bands, Irish Dancers and more. Watch the parade beginning at 2 pm from Huddy Park at Bay and Waterwitch Avenues. Visit all Highlands establishments for parade specials and festivities. Register to participate online!ats.

Keyport, NJ St. Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 21, 2020; 1:00 PM.
Kick-off will be at 1:00 PM.
The parade beginns 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.

Robbinsville, NJ - Parade
Saturday, March 21st, 2020 @ 12pm
The opening ceremonies begin at 11:30 am noon at the Foxmoor Shopping Center, at the corner of Route 33 and Washington Boulevard. The parade will proceed North on Washington Boulevard and then take a right onto North Street, and then take a right onto Newtown Boulevard, and then take a right onto Lake Drive East, continue past the lake and the gazebo area, followed by a left onto Union Street, then proceed past the reviewing stand at Union and Burnet Walk.

2020 Southern New Jersey St Patrick's Day
Parades and Irish Events

(Listed by earliest date)

5th Annual Gloucester City St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, Marrch 1, 2020 @ 1pm
The parade begins at Martin's Lake (Baynes Ave and Johnson Blvd) and proceeds down Monmouth. The parade features string bands, bagpipes, Irish dancers, Irish music bands, community groups and more!

Burlington County/Mount Holly Parade

Saturday, March 7, 2020; @ 1pm
The only St. Patrick's Day Parade in Burlington County begins in Downtown Mount Holly. The Parade is a fun filled day with Pipe Bands, Irish Bands Step Dancers and many more examples of Irish Traditions. Join the crowd after the parade for a celebration at High Street Grill for the official After Party with non stop Irish music on two stages all day and night.

25th Annual Atlantic City St Patricks Day Parade
Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
The parade begins North of the Garden Pier and the Boardwalk ending at Albany Avenue and the Boardwalk. It will feature pipe bands, string bands.

Annual Sea Isle City St. Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 14, 2020; @ 3:30pm
Parade Lines up at 84th East Landis Ave and ends at Kix-McNutley's, 63rd St.

Annual St. Patty's Weekend Entertainment and Plunge
Saturday, March 14, 2020; 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
411 Beach Ave
Cape may, NJ 08204
Cost: $30.00 – $50.00
This St. Patty's weekend is filled with fun events all benefiting Cape May County's local charity Family Promise! To start the weekend, join us at Carney's on Friday, March 16th to crown our Plunge King and Queen, dancing and live music! Saturday morning starting at 9am we will be hosting a "Kegs and Eggs" complimentary breakfast for our participants, followed by a 5k run and 1 mile family walk- kicking off at 11am. The highlight of the day - the Polar Plunge will begin at 12 pm! Following the Plunge, Carney's is hosting 2 bands throughout the day starting at 12:30 pm and live entertainment to keep us rocking into the night. Come out for a great cause and we promise it will be a blast! Let's see you freeze your shamrocks off this St. Patty's Day!

Wildwood, NJ - St. Patrick's Day Celebration and Parade
Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 11:30AM
Ceremony begins on the steps of North Wildwood City hall (10th & Atlantic Avenues) at 11:30 a.m.
Parade begins at noon and proceeds north on Atlantic Avenue to Olde New Jersey Avenue..

Irish Night Music Show
Saturday March 21, 2020; Doors open @ 6pm, show begins @7:30pm,
Albert Music Hall
Waretown, NJ
This annual Irish celebration presents an all night celebration of the our Irish heritage with top local & regional bands


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