To everyone that sponsored, marched, volunteered or watched the 2014 parade, thank you for making it a great success. We would like to extend our gratitude to our wonderful sponsors Monmouth Medical Center, The Howley Financial Group, Richie & Page Distributors, Good Company, The Flynn Family, 1st Constitution Bank, Guinness, Elite Stone Importers and The Two River Times for their great support.
More than 900 people representing local businesses, non-profits, scouting organizations, bag pipe bands and high school bands walked the green line. Even our four-legged friends (both dogs & horses) turned out to strut their stuff. The Rumson Police estimate that there were over 7,000 spectators making it a great day not only for the Irish, but a great day for Rumson.
Many thanks also to our 2014 Grand Marshal Brigadier General Pete Dawkins, his family and organization for their time and commitment and to JoAnn Pileggi for announcing the parade.
Plans are already under way for the 2015 parade which will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2015 beginning at 1:00 PM. Once again we plan on having a safe, fun-filled, family oriented event which will include 10 bag pipe bands, floats, marching bands from area high schools, Irish Step Dancers, antique & classic cars, veteran groups, scouting organizations, non-profit clubs & organizations, novelty acts, and local and area business and civic groups.
To make the event even better for all the participants, we’re revamping the entire registration and staging areas and updating the entire website (the application will be more user-friendly, condensing the Rules & Regulations tab to clarify various items, etc).
We’ll also have several fundraisers with Irish music, food, and a few other surprises. These various fundraisers not only help us pay the parade costs but enable the Board to make donations to various local charities. For a listing of the charities chosen for 2014, click on the Grants Awarded tab.
In the fall we will be announcing the 2015 Grand Marshal, the new charities selected for funding and opening the registration tab.
So thanks again and enjoy the summer and we’ll see you soon.
The Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Inc. is a recognized 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax exempt organization formed to honor St. Patrick and acknowledge the many contributions the Irish-American community has made to American culture.