Welcome to the 4th Annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday March 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM
2016 Upcoming Schedule of Events
|Thursday, February 11|
|Traditional Irish Seisiún & Soda Bread Competition: Oceanic Library ~ 109 Ave of Two Rivers ~ 7-8:30pm|
|Friday, February 19|
|Parade Press Event: Murphy’s Tavern ~ Free Buffet, Pipers & Irish Dancers ~ 3-5pm|
|Saturday, February 27|
|Lighting of the Green Tree: Victory Park ~ 5-6pm followed by Val’s Tavern Fundraiser
Family Dinner & Irish Entertainment ~ 6:30pm; Music by Black Water Band ~ 8-11pm
|Wednesday, March 9|
|Investiture Cocktail Reception: The Salt Creek Grille ~ 7:30-9:30pm|
|Sunday, March 13|
|Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade: VIP Reception ~ 11:30am followed by VIP party afterward; Parade ~ 1pm|
|The Michael J. Larkin Memorial Irish Essay Competition & Irish Poster Competition: (Deadline: Feb 22nd)
Winners announced at Lighting of the Green Tree on February 27th
Presentation of essay and poster awards at Investiture Party on March 9th
The parade’s leadership is proud to welcome this year’s Grand Marshal, Jack C. Howley.
Jack is passionate about his Irish heritage. He is an avid runner and long-time fan of Notre Dame Football. Upon the request of his beloved friend and parade founder, Mike Larkin, Jack joined the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade board. He is dedicated to the various non-profit causes and charitable events hosted by the parade committee. Jack is honored to be named as the 2016 Parade Grand Marshal as he carries on the legacy of his esteemed friends and former Grand Marshals, Tim McLoone (2013), Brig. Gen. Peter Dawkins (2014) and Philip D. Murphy (2015). His continued commitment to the community and celebration of Irish heritage will remain strong for many years to come. Read More
CEAD MILE FAILTE – A hundred thousand welcomes from the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee! Last year’s parade had more than 900 people representing area businesses and non-profits, scouting organizations, bag pipe bands, high school bands and the armed services walking the green line. Even our four-legged friends (both dogs and horses) turned out to strut their stuff. The Rumson Police estimate that there were more than 7,000 spectators making it a great day not only for the Irish, but a great day for Rumson! On behalf of all connected with the parade, I want to offer a very special thank you to the 2015 Grand Marshal, Phil Murphy. This year’s parade promises to be our best yet with more than 15 bands, floats, active military & veteran’s groups, Irish Step Dancers, antique cars, scouting organizations, non-profit clubs and organizations, novelty acts, area business, civic groups and a few great surprises.
Registration open as of December 15th, 2015 and closes Monday, February 15th, 2016.
Space is limited and we encourage all groups to sign-up early on our website. We’ve changed the application to make it more user-friendly and easier to register. It will walk you through all the steps — sign-up, directions to the parade, the parade route and requirements of all groups. All registrations must be done ONLINE and will not be handled by phone, mail or in person.
We’ll also have several fundraisers with Irish music, food, and a few other surprises. These fundraisers not only help us pay the parade costs but enable the Board to make donations to various local charities. In 2015, more than $25,000 was donated to local charities.
Our charities for 2016 are 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc. and The Community YMCA. You can read about the great works these groups do on the Grants Awarded page. I would like to take the time to thank the men and women of the Rumson Police Department for their efforts to keep us safe each year. Chief Paterson’s people are certainly the best and the parade committee is proud to work with these true professionals.
I would also like to thank Mayor John Ekdahl and his administration for helping to make this a true family event. Believe me, we could not put this parade on without the great help of the Borough. We even have information, should the spirit move you, on how you can become a volunteer and help us on any of the dozen committees. For more information on volunteering, please visit our Volunteer page.
Dennis Devine, President