Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Where to Watch Nutley's St. Patrick's Parade

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Where to Watch Nutley's St. Patrick's Parade

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The Nutley Irish American Association will wave the green flag to start off New Jersey's St. Patrick's celebrations.

The organization hosts one of the first St. Patrick's parades out of the gate, kicking off at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, from Holy Family Church, 28 Brookline Ave. in Nutley.

Burlington County's parade in Mount Holly also takes place on March 3, followed by Rutherford's inaugural parade on Sunday, March 4. Other Essex County events include the West Orange parade on Sunday, March 11. The Newark parade rolls out Friday, March 16. St. Patrick's Day is March 17.

After leaving Holy Family Church, the 40th Annual Nutley St. Patrick's Parade heads west to Franklin Avenue, where it turns north through the center of town. The grandstand will be in front of Walker Middle School, near the parade's end at Chestnut Street.

The parade has attracted about 1,000 marchers and more than 2,000 spectators in the past, according to organizers. Past participants have included several pipe bands, including the Essex County Emerald Society Police and Fire Pipe and Drums, Rory O' Moore Pipes and Drums, and and St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band.

"We expect a larger parade with more spectators and participants this year," said Deidre Hollywood, Nutley's parade chairwoman. Gov. Phil Murphy has been invited to join the march.

Plans for the first Nutley parade began in 1978.

The first grand marshal was Joe "Muggs" McGuiness, who was one of the co-founders of the event along with Paul Denkinger. The duo brought the Nutley parade idea to Judge Robert Citrano, who secured the parade permit, flags and the event's first pipe band, the St. Columcille Pipe Band.

The onset of the St. Patrick's Parade also marked the organization of the Nutley Irish American Alliance, also known at the Nutley Irish American Association, which has sponsored and coordinated the parade throughout the years.

The first formal Nutley parade stepped off in 1979.

Patrick Colligan, president of the State Police Benevolent Association, will serve as grand marshal.

He began his career in law enforcement with the Franklin Township Police Department in 1992. He became a delegate to the State PBA in 1992 and was appointed to the Executive Board in 2005. …

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