March began on Saturday which means only two things. There are 17 days left until the official first day of spring and you can now begin celebrating all things St. Patrick's Day.
St. Patrick's Day celebrates one of the patron saints of Ireland, Saint Patrick, who was born in Britain but sent to Ireland to be a slave as a boy. He escaped slavery and returned to Britain, but later returned to Ireland as a missionary. St. Patrick's Day is officially March 17, the day he is said to have died, but the celebrations begin March 1 and last all month.
Hoboken kicked off their celebrations yesterday, with thousands of people clad in green descending upon the city. But if you missed yesterday’s festivities, below is a list of a few local parades and celebrations you can attend in northern New Jersey.
1. The Bergen County/Bergenfield Parade: Sunday March 16, 2:00 p.m. - The day begins with a breakfast at Tommy Fox’s Public House, followed by a flag raising ceremony at Roy Brown Middle School at 1:00 p.m. The parade will then march up Washington Avenue starting at 2:00 p.m.
2. Newark Parade: Friday, March 14, 1:00 p.m. - The Newark St. Patrick's Day parade is celebrating its 79th anniversary this year. There will be a marching band competition for the second year in a row. The parade is part of a larger Irish Heritage Week. Keep an eye out for specials at local eateries.
3. West Orange Parade, Sunday March 16, 12:25 p.m. - The day will begin at 9:30 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Eagle Rock Avenue for mass. Grand stands for parade viewing will be located on Main street across from the Community House and Degnan House. Parking can be found at the church and local school parking lots. Shuttles will run from the corner of Mississippi Avenue and Eagle Rock to the beginning of the parade route.
If you want to venture across the border to New York City - their St. Patrick's Day parade is on Monday, March 17 beginning at 11:00 am. They will march up 5 avenue in NYC beginning at 44th street and ending at 79th street. This is the country’s oldest St. Patrick's Day tradition, going on its 253rd year. You can watch the NYC parade on NBC beginning at 11:00 am.