St. Patrick's Day Parades, Parties, and Other Good Stuff in NJ
It’s that time of year again! March rolls around and all you want to do is drink green beer, eat corned-beef and cabbage and celebrate your Irish roots (even if you don’t officially have any). But, are there any child-friendly St. Pat’s Day activities in NJ? You bet your lucky charms! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered – grab your little leprechauns and march on over to any of these great family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations for NJ kids and families!
Atlantic City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Atlantic City
This year’s parade features music, fun, marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, floats and more! The parade takes place on Saturday, March 16 at 1pm on the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. The parade will begin at North Carolina Avenue and the boardwalk.
Bayonne St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Bayonne
Bayonne celebrates St. Patrick’s Day all month with their Irish flag-raising ceremony, the annual St. Patrick’s Party, St. Patrick’s dinner dance and the city’s parade. The St. Andrew’s Dinner Dance takes place on Saturday, March 9 at 7pm. Don’t miss the post-parade party at Holy Family Academy at 3pm. The parade takes place on Sunday, March 17 at 1pm at 5th Street and Broadway.
Bergen County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Bergenfield
This family-friendly parade marches up Washington Avenue in Bergenfield. The parade kicks off on Sunday, March 10 at 2pm. Following the parade, head over to Harley’s Irish Pub in Hackensack for their annual Irish Soda Bread Competition!
Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Elizabeth
The festivities begin with a mass at St. Patrick’s Church in Elizabeth. There will be activities for the whole family, with a “kid’s zone” on Stuyvesant Avenue. The parade begins Saturday, March 16 at 1pm sharp.
Hamilton St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Hamilton
Formerly the Trenton St. Patrick’s Day Parade, this parade moved to Hamilton three years ago. The opening ceremonies begin at 12:30pm, and the parade kicks off Saturday, March 9 at 1pm.
Hoboken Irish Cultural Festival, Hoboken
As the infamous Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day parade was canceled yet again this year, the city will have its second annual Irish Cultural Festival. The festival will take place in Frank Sinatra Park and will feature dance, live music, food, face painting, crafts and more! It’s free to the public. The event begins on Wednesday, March 13 at 3pm at the Little League Field.
50th Annual Jersey City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Jersey City
Jersey City is excited to celebrate! The website for the parade even has its own countdown to St. Pat’s Day. Come down and celebrate Irish heritage in Jersey City with activities for the whole family including bag pipes, marching groups, floats and more! The parade marches from Lincoln Park to Journal Square on Kennedy Boulevard. The parade kicks off Sunday, March 10 at 12:30pm.
Morris County’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Morristown
This parade touts itself as having more bands than the Rose Bowl parade! This big (70,000 are expected to be in attendance) family-friendly event begins with a mass at the Church of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin at 10am. The parade itself starts Saturday, March 9 at noon near the corner of South and James.
Newark’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Newark
This large parade claims to be New Jersey’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade and is celebrating its 78th year. The parade begins promptly on Friday, March 15 at 1pm at the New Prudential Center on Mulberry Street.
Sussex County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Newton
The 10th Annual (self-proclaimed) “shortest parade in the U.S.,” takes place on Saturday, March 16 at 11:30am in Newton.
Celebrate being Irish in Rumson! The parade will be music and fun with marching bands from area high schools, Irish Step Dancers, floats, bagpipes and much more local color. The parade begins Sunday, March 10 at 1pm at Victory Park and will travel to East River Road, turn on Carton Street and end at the school. Rumson is serving up Irish fun this whole month, too! Click here to find out about fun cultural events and activities including learning Irish words, celebrating Irish poets and authors, slide shows, exhibits learn traditional Irish dancing and more.
Come celebrate in Sea Isle City with live music, antique vehicles, floats and more! Celebration starts at 10am and you can join the party immediately following the parade at Kix McNutley’s. The parade takes place on Saturday, March 16 beginning at 3:30pm at 93rd Street and Landis Avenue.
Though the boardwalk is still under construction after getting pummeled by Hurricane Sandy, this parade will march on! Show your support and come down to the 29th Annual Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Seaside Heights. This year’s theme is to celebrate the shore and rebuild stronger and better than ever. The parade will help to raise money to support the rebuilding efforts. Come and restore the shore! It all begins on Saturday, March 9 at noon on the Boulevard in Seaside Heights.
Participate in or simply watch this fun-filled parade and show your Irish pride! A flag raising ceremony at Town Hall kicks things off at 9am. The parade begins at Woodbridge High School at 1:30pm and ends at Town Hall.