Welcome to the
3rd Annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 1:00 PM
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 welcome to the 2015 Grand Marshal, Phil Murphy. (To see his many accomplishments please go to the Grand Marshal tab)
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, and area business and civic groups and a few great surprises.
The registration tab will open on Monday, December 1st and close on Monday, February 23rd. Space is limited and we encourage all groups to sign-up early on our website www.rumsonstpatricksdayparade.org. 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 2014, more than $25,000 was donated to local charities. Our charities for 2015 are Jason’s Dreams for Kids and S.P.U.R. (Special People United to Ride). You can read about the great works these groups do on the Grants Awarded tab.
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 go to the Volunteer tab.
Dennis Devine, President