HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Highlands Business Partnership is proud to present the 12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM. Nearly 100 marching units including bagpipers, marching bands, Irish dancers, and beautifully decorated floats, will line up to march in the twelfth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The 2014 grand marshals are Henry Moyer and Nick DiBari, owners of the Off the Hook Restaurant.
Henry and Nick will lead the parade as the 2014 Grand Marshals. Nick and Henry are the proud owners of Off The Hook Restaurant and Bar for the past 15 years. The restaurant is located on Highway 36 just before the Highlands Bridge and nestled under a National Landmark, Historic Twin Lights Lighthouse. Off the Hook is a family run business and home to many friends. It is a great neighborhood attraction yet the views are so spectacular that many a visitors from near and far patronize the establishment. They are always open and serve good food with something for everyone. You can be sure to see Nick or Henry at each visit. Prior to their partnership at Off the Hook, they worked together as former general managers at Steak & Ale. Henry’s lovely wife Denise will join Henry with twin daughters, Mackensie and Madison. Nick will march with his lovely wife Stefania and daughters, Dylan and Sydney. The Highlands Business Partnership is proud to have Henry and Nick lead the 2014 St. Patrick's Day Parade.
We are also proud to honor Bob Small of Helping Highlands Survivors, Inc. as St. Brendan the Navigator. Bob Small, founder of Helping Highlands Survivors is truly a hero behind the scenes. Bob’s family is the descendants of Parkerstown, now known as Highlands. He worked at the former Clam Hut Restaurant as a young man. He has deep roots in Highlands and although he is now a resident of Locust, his passion still lives in Highlands. In the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, Bob and his wife Abbie started the non-profit, Helping Highlands Inc., which has been very generous to the people of Highlands. His kindness does not go unnoticed. He is the quiet man behind the scenes, thus truly St. Brendan the Navigator.
The parade will begin at Huddy Park with hundreds scheduled to march along a one-mile stretch of Bay Avenue. The Highlands Business Partnership will host the annual “Competition of Floats.” All Businesses and/or Organizations in Highlands will be competing in three (3) categories: Best of Show, Prettiest, and the Most Original. In addition, a trophy will be presented for the Best of Apparatus. All fire companies will honor a silent march in tribute to all of our fallen fire fighters.
The parade will feature entertainers along with many marchers representing the military, including the Color Guard. Political, civic, church, environmental, and community organizations represented will include Congressman Pallone, members of Assembly, County Freeholders, members of local American Legion, VFW posts, fire companies, and first aid rescue units. The local Boy & Girl Scout troops, both celebrating over 100 years of service, will also be participating.
The Henry Hudson Regional Marching Band and Cheerleaders will be performing with over 100 members of the band.
The Parade entertainment will include the Monmouth County Police & Fire Pipe & Drums, Ocean County Emerald Society Pipe & Drums, Staten Island Pipes & Drums, Middlesex County Police & Fire Pipes and Drums, Union County Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Pipes & Drums of Old Bridge, Essex County Emerald Society Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, and the Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch.
Green balloons and bows will decorate participating businesses along the parade route. A VIP grandstand for dignitaries will be Veterans Park located on Bay & Shrewsbury Avenues. There, the marchers and bands will make a brief stop at the Grand Viewing Stand to be recognized. Don’t miss the lucky winner of the Highlands Business Partnership’s “Pot of Gold” 50/50 Raffle. The drawing will be held at 140 Bay Avenue on Sunday, March 23rd at 3:00PM, and the winner need not be present. Please support the non-profit Highlands Business Partnership and purchase a 50/50 ticket. All proceeds “pay the pipers.” Parade-goers can be sure to receive free giveaways thrown from the many floats competing in the parade. If you have not had enough pipes and drums, be sure to visit one of Highlands’s many restaurants where a band will be performing.
This parade is made possible by the Highlands Business Partnership and its generous sponsors: Seastreak, Shore Point Distributing Company, Frank Rahm Landscaping, Hufnagel Tree Experts, T&M Associates and 95.9 WRAT Rat Radio.
For additional information, call 732.291.4713 or visit www.highlandsnj.com.