It’s time to “Go Green”, again. No we’re not speaking about global warming or leaving a carbon footprint, we’re talking about the Greenest day of the year, St. Patrick’s Day. Now even though, technically, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th (a Friday this year, by the way), New Jersey tends to make a month long celebration of the holiday with parades and festivals.
But where to find them?
Don’t worry, we got you covered…
Guide to 2017’s St. Patrick’s Day Parades in New Jersey
Editor’s Note: Parades Ordered by Date and Time, Not Location
1. Hoboken, NJ: Saturday, March 4th, 2017
All Day (Pick any time)
Though, again, technically, Hoboken has not had a St. Patrick’s Day Parade since 2011 (Why? Let’s say, the parades got, uh, vivacious), the local watering holes still celebrate the day with exclusive deals and irish fare galore. This is one of the most popular “festivals” in the state, so be prepared for crowds and rambunctiousness.
2. Mount Holly, NJ: Saturday, March 4th, 2017
The only St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Burlington county, beginning in Downtown Mount Holly. The parade is filled with all the Irish fare we’ve come to know, along with fun for the whole family, filled with bagpipe bands, Irish bands, step dancers, and other traditional Irish “craic”. Then enjoy the traditional after party at High Street grill, filled with the sound of Irish music playing on two stages all day, a great time.
3. Nutley, NJ: Saturday, March 4th, 2017
This is more of a traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade, beginning at 10:00 am with it’s beginning at Holy Family Church down Harrison Street to Franklin Avenue, and ending at Chestnut Street. The post-parade party takes place at the Franklin Steakhouse until 6pm. Almost makes you feel like riverdancing.
4. Belmar, NJ: Sunday, March 5th, 2017
A great St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Just because there’s a crisp to the air, doesn’t mean the shore stops trucking. Beginning at the north end of Main Street in Lake Como at 12:30pm, this is a fun time for all. Though, it can tend to get a little roudy, most of the rowdiness tends to stay close to bars, closer to 16th Avenue and 10th Avenue, rather than the family friendly parade.
5. Wildwood, NJ: Saturday, March 11th, 2017
This parade, and festivities, are a blast. Starting with a ceremony in front of North Wildwood City Hall at 11:30am, followed by the parade, beginning there at 12 noon up Atlantic Avenue, towards Olde New Jersey Avenue. There are plenty of parts that get rawdie, so be prepared, but away from the bars and party tents, it’s all family fun.
6. Morristown, NJ: Saturday, March 11th, 2017
With a variety of eateries, bars, pubs, and a green in the center of the city, this is one of the best parades in the state. The parade route is South Street to Atno Avenue and about 20 bands playing (not including bagpipers), and over 50,000 people in attendance, so be prepared for crowds, and a be prepared for it to spill over into bars and restaurants, so if crowds aren’t your scene, be prepared.
7. Hamilton, NJ: Saturday, March 11th, 2017
This parade is a town-wide tradition, starting at Nottingham Fire House, at 200 Mercer Street in Hamilton, this one is fun for the whole family and not to be missed.
8. Seaside Heights, NJ: Saturday, March 11th, 2017
The Ocean county parade is a Jersey Shore Tradition! Starting at noon, the parade goes from J Street to Hancock Ave. along with all the fun the shore has to offer. This is an amazing time as long as the sun is shining.
9. Elizabeth, NJ: Saturday, March 11th, 2017
Parade begins at 1pm in Union east through Morris Avenue to a turn at Main Reviewing Stand and ends at Roosevelt Avenue. There are floats, music, and dancers, fun for the ENTIRE Family
10. Atlantic City, NJ: Saturday, March 11th, 2017
Traditional Parade goes the length of the Boardwalk to Albany Avenue, stopping, unofficially, at the Knife & Fork Inn.
11. Sea Isle City, NJ: Saturday, March 11th, 2017
Parades line up at 84th East Landis Avenue, and ends at Kix-McNutley’s on 63rd Street.
12. Farmingdale, NJ: Sunday, March 12th, 2017
The most unique celebration on our list. It’s St. Patrick’s Day in the 1830’s! How cool is that? Relive St. Patrick’s Day back in the time of yesteryear. Reenacting of the life and times in the early 1800’s. The story line: “Mr. Allaire has given the Irish workers the day off which the rest of the workers do not take kindly too” Taking place from 11am-4pm at The Historic Village at Allaire: 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. And special chapel program at 1pm and 3pm. For More Information on this great event, click HERE.
13. Philadelphia, PA: Sunday, March 12th, 2017
Though, technically not a New Jersey parade, this one is so close and such a great one. Running from Broad street to Market Street, then going across Penn’s Landing. This, like all major metropolitan cities, tends to be pretty crowded, so avoid tolls and traffic by taking NJ Transit right to the heart of the action, especially if your entertaining adult fun.
14.Freehold, NJ: Sunday, March 12th, 2017
Great Family Fun! Lots of fun for kids to do and activities for the whole family. Starting at noon and running along Main Street in downtown Freehold. This is the Parade to bring the kids along!
15. West Orange, NJ: Sunday, March 12th, 2017
Another traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the parade route begins at 12:15pm at the corners of Main Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue (at West Orange Town Hall) and runs North on Main Street to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, on Eagle Rock Avenue.
16. Asbury Park, NJ: Sunday, March 12th, 2017
Quickly becoming one of the best St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the State, it is definitely worth seeing. Starting promptly at 1:00pm at 5th and Ocean Ave, going south to Cookman Ave. These local bars and restaurants promote the event and are recently refinished and great venues to celebrate.
17. Rumson, NJ: Sunday, March 12th, 2017
This parade is celebrating its 5th year and going strong. Starting at 1pm at Victory Park and Allen Street and running up River Rd. then heading toward Carton Street. The parade is expected to end around 2:30pm.
18. Woodbridge, NJ: Sunday, March 12th, 2017
Traditional parade, from Woodbridge High School to Woodbridge Town Hall. Full day of festivities in down town Woodbridge on Main Street including bars and restaurants
19. Hackettstown, NJ: Sunday, March 12th 2017
Parade begins promptly at 3:30pm. This parade is unique, in that you can enter it yourself, and design your own unique float. Prizes are awarded to the top floats. Parade begins 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. For more information on T-Shirts, parade info, and entering a float in the parade, click HERE
20. New York City: Friday, March 17th, 2017
Now, again, not technically New Jersey, obviously, it is difficult to not include one of the greatest, oldest, and largest in the country. Starting at 11:00 am the parade runs along 5th Avenue and continues until around 5pm. Then the rest of the Irish fare ensues. NYC has no shortage of Irish pubs, which will be flooded with bagpipers, flags, Irish music, green beer, novelty hats, and green as the Emerald Isle itself. Again, if you wish to participate in these extracurricular activities, I recommend taking the train, avoid all of the hoopla.
21. Newark, NJ: Friday, March 17th, 2017
The only St. Patrick’s Day parade to actually take place on St. Patrick’s Day in New Jersey this year, this one is one of the state’s oldest. Starting at 1:00pm at the Prudential Center to Gateway center, NJPAC, Military Park, St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, and Washington Park. There are plenty of eateries and bars along the way that are there to enjoy, especially since it takes place right in the middle of Irish Heritage week, all local places will be involved. Again, very easily accessible by public transportation, so leave your worries with your car.
22. Newton, NJ (Sussex County): Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Spring Street in Newton. The Lineup begins at 9am. This Parade is a traditional kind, fun for the whole family!
23. Robbinsville, NJ: Saturday, March 18th, 2017
With opening ceremonies beginning at 12:30pm (I recommend getting there at Noon) at the Foxmoor Shopping Center, Rt. 33 and Washington Blvd. The route goes north on Washington and makes a right onto North Street, then a right on Newtown Blvd., then another right onto Lake Drive East, and continuing past the gazebo area, then left onto Union Street, and proceed past the reviewing stand at Union and Burnet Walk. Fun for the whole family!
24. Highlands, NJ: Saturday, March 18th, 2017
The 15th Annual Highlands St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at 2pm at Huddy Park and continues along Bay Avenue. Great fun for the whole family, with bagpipers, Irish dancers, festive music, floats, and marching bands. This parade has something for the whole family to enjoy.
25. South Amboy, NJ: Sunday, March 19th, 2017
This is all the typical Irish fare you’ve come to expect, bagpipes, marching bands, dancers, with both civic and nonprofit organizers showing their support for the city and the parade. Also low key great little strip of bars and restaurants that keep the party going!
26. Bayonne, NJ: Sunday, March 19th, 2017
Starting promptly at 1pm on Broadway from 5th Street to 39th Street. The parade route will go up Broadway to 40th Street, then west on 40th to the reviewing stand, at the entrance to the Gregg-Bayonne County Park, between 40th and 41st Street on Avenue C. Local establishments make this one of the better parades in the state, a great time for both adults and children alike.
27. Keyport, NJ: Saturday, March 25th, 2017
Starting promptly at 1pm, and beginning at St. Joseph’s Church on Maple Place, going down West Front Street to Broad Street and ending at Fireman’s Park, this quaint parade is not to be missed.
28. Ringwood, NJ: Saturday, March 25th, 2017
Starting promptly at 1pm and beginning at the Ringwood Plaza, going down Skyline Drive that up to 112 Erskine Road, always a lot of fun.
29. Waretown, NJ: Saturday, March 25th, 2017
Irish Night with Country and Bluegrass Music Show. Doors open at 6:00pm and show beginning at 7:30pm at the Albert Music Hall. This Annual Irish celebration presents a variety of entertainment featuring the “Irish Greeter” with lucky “Gold coins” (chocolate), for EVERYONE! Live music and entertainment with Devrin Academy of Irish Dancers, The River Driver’s IRISH Band from Bristol, PA, The Church Street Revival Irish Band, and Martin Kavanaugh and the Hard Road Travelers “Irish” Band. This is a blast and plenty of Irish fare for all! Not to be Missed.
Do you think we missed any St. Patrick’s Day Parades in New Jersey in 2017?
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Until Then, Keep that Jig Up
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