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 15th annual parade March 17th.

First up will be the Grand Marshals’ Luncheon honoring Betsy (Reilly) Sutherland, Grand Marshal 2018 on Sunday, Feb. 18 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 Marshal; featuring the Presentation of the Grand Marshal’s Sash!

Luncheon tickets are $60 and all proceeds from tickets and a Tricky Tray at the luncheon will benefit the Grand Marshal’s chosen charity: Birth Haven.

A Mass and traditional Irish breakfast is planned to be held Saturday, March 3, 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.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and reservations are recommended.

Please also join us at the main event, the 15th annual Sussex County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Newton on March 17, when Betsy Sutherland and the Sutherland and Reilly Clans including guests will lead more than 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 12th.

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 purchase tickets for the Luncheon and Breakfast and for further assistance with forms and applications.