BELMAR, NJ - Belmar kicks off March 2012 St. Patrick’s Day celebration with a host of events starting Friday, March 2nd and ending on Sunday, March 4th.
On Saturday morning at 10am at St. Rose Catholic Church an Investiture Mass will take place with a luncheon immediately following at Mike Doolans in Spring Lake Heights. The price is $30/person. Call 732-449-6650 for more information.
Also on Saturday afternoon starting at noon at the Taylor Pavilion on 5th & Ocean Avenues you can run in the 3rd Annual Celtic Chase Beachfront Mile Run/Walk which is a one mile fun run/ walk on Belmar’s Beach & Boardwalk. You can register on-line at www.jerseyrunner.com
Lastly, on Sunday March 4th, is our 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade which begins at 12:30 pm on Main Street and ends around 3:30 PM with over 100K spectators and over 35 marching bands that include pipe bands, school bands and a Mummer Band. Organizations marching include, police, fire, military, Irish heritage, elected officials, schools, scouts, veterans, and for the first time ever a representative from the General of Ireland, Fiona McCabe, Vice General Consul.
“This is my second parade as Mayor of Belmar and as an Irish American I have to say this is the best worldwide. The men and women who work all year on the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New Jersey have told me to expect another first class production and the great weather we’ve been having recently will make it supreme. I marched in Derry Ireland several times in the Bloody Sunday March and our parade is a reminder that the Irish in America have not forgotten where we came from,” said Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty.
“This year I expect to have between 6,000 and 7,000 people walk in the parade down Main Street, and expect over 100,000 spectators. This will no doubt be the best parade ever. I have been working with my team since last year fine tuning 39 years of Irish heritage to make this an even greater event. I don't think anyone has as many bands or floats as we do. It’s going to be a dynamite parade,” said Parade Chairman Chip Cavanagh.
For more information on the parade, visit http://www.belmarparade.com/