Sussex County St. Patrick’s Parade & Planned Events.

St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here and the Sussex County Parade Committee is kicking into gear with events planned throughout the coming months leading up to the 16th annual parade Saturday March 16, 2019.

First up will be the Grand Marshals’ Luncheon honoring the Vernon Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1002 on Sunday, Feb. 17 at The Irish Cottage Inn, 602 Route 23N, Franklin, NJ.

The event begins at 2 p.m. and includes entertainment and recognition of the Grand Marshals.

Luncheon reservations made prior to 2/9/2019 are $60; $70 thereafter & prior to 2/15/2019. Sorry, no walk ins at the door. All proceeds from tickets and a Tricky Tray at the luncheon will benefit the Grand Marshal’s chosen charity: Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

A Mass and traditional Irish breakfast is planned to be held Saturday, March 2, at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Hardyston. The Mass honoring St. Patrick will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the breakfast following at 10 a.m. at the Irish Cottage Inn in Franklin.

The breakfast includes bangers and rashers – Irish sausage and bacon – eggs, potatoes, beans, black and white pudding, tomato, and brown bread.

Reservations are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Please also join us at the main event, the 16th annual Sussex County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Newton on March 16, when The Vernon Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1002 including guests will lead an estimated 900 marchers down Spring Street, Newton in front of thousands of spectators.

The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. at lower Spring Street near Stuart Street. The line of march will proceed up Spring Street, turning right onto Moran Street and onto Memory Park. These streets will close beginning at 11 a.m.

The parade will feature nearly 100 units including Veterans and Active Members of the Armed Services, Police, Fire and EMS, elected officials, bands, floats, Irish Step Dancers, boy and girl scouts, local schools, accompanying service and antique vehicles, and a variety of pets. There will also be Irish theme characters and sweets and other free treats for children.

If your group or organization is interested in joining the parade, please complete a parade application and return it to the Sussex Co. St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee no later than March 8th.

Mark Hontz, the crowd favorite, returns once again as parade Master of Ceremonies.

Go to http://sussexcountynjirish.com/ for event forms and/or parade applications or call Mary & Dennis Harrington, Event Chairpersons at 973-827-9179 to make reservations for the Luncheon and Breakfast and for further assistance with forms and applications.