St. Patrick’s Day Celebrated at Newton Parade
NEWTON, NJ – In spite of chilly temperatures and some light frozen precipitation, parade spectators cheerily lined Spring Street on Saturday, March 21 to watch the Sussex County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Green dyed hair and outfits were aplenty during the festivities on the sidelines and in the parade, where bands, people, fire trucks and floats passed by.
The annual parade has been held in Newton for the last decade, Mark Hontz, the familiar emcee every year, told the crowds. The parade was born 12 years ago as an idea at Sullivan’s Gaslight Inn with John Sullivan and Dennis Harrington. The first parade was in Lake Mohawk, the second in Franklin and since then it has been held in Newton.
Each year, Grand Marshals are chosen for the parade and this year Dennis and Mary Harrington held the honors.
The parade kicked off with Newton Police Chief Michael Richards leading the lineup. Among the participants: An Clar School of Irish Dance, Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce, Ginnie’s House, the American Cancer Society, Newton Medical Center, American Red Cross, Irish American Association of Northwest New Jersey, Rory O’Moore School of Pipes and Drums, Police Pipes and Drums of Morris County, Rangers of Wild West City, Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes, New Jersey Quarter Horse Association, Christ Community Church, Boy and Girl Scouts, the Franklin Band, the Vernon Vikings Band, Lenahan School of Irish Dance, Sussex County Republican Committee, Sussex County Democratic Committee, the 200 Club of Sussex County, Civil War reenactors, Catholic Schools and organizations, and local dignitaries and beauty queens, were among them.
Many county fire departments and first aid squads also marched in the parade. Among them: Andover Borough, Andover Township, Franklin, Fredon, Newton, Hampton, Hamburg, Lafayette, Montague, Branchville, Stanhope and Vernon Fire Departments. The Lakeland Emergency Squad, Newton First Aid Squad and the Blue Ridge Rescue Squad also participated.
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