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Student MJL Irish Essay, Irish Heritage Poster Contest and Parade Awardees Announced

Rumson, NJ  (March 25, 2022) – Blustery, freezing temperatures could not tamper the enthusiasm for the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade held Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

Despite the cold, thousands gathered along River Road to cheer on the 2022 Parade Grand Marshal Charles Hill Jones and his family who led bagpipe bands, floats, high school marching bands, Irish Step Dancers, antique and classic cars, veteran groups, scouts, local sports teams, non-profit clubs, novelty acts, and local and area business and civic groups.

Funds raised from the Parade’s year-round events, along with corporate sponsorships, donations, and a Parade ad journal have supported local charities that benefit the community. The 2022 Parade benefitted Shore House, the first-of-its-kind in New Jersey free mental health support community open to all who seek its services. The Parade Committee also designated funds for the preservation work of the Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA), which the Jones family has supported for many decades.

“The return of the parade signals a return to a more normal community life; we are thrilled to be able to support Shore House and the Monmouth County Historical Association for their for providing mental health services and preserving our county’s history,” said Parade Committee Member Jamie McManus.

Grand Marshal Charles Hill Jones and his family, who have resided in Rumson since 1970 and have supported numerous charities through the “The Hunt” fundraising event, started the parade at Allen Street and River Road at the Oceanic Hook & Ladder, and led the participants through Rumson along River Road, ending at the intersection of Carton Street and River Road by the Rumson Fire House.

Parade Awards Announced

Parade Committee Members Pete Hogan and Chris Smith formally presented Awards with prizes to students who entered the annual Irish Heritage Poster Contest and Michael J Larkin (MJL) Irish Essay Competition and Parade Awards in seven categories.  The student contests were open to all students from Rumson and Fair Haven, attending public, private or parochial schools and all students attending RBC, CBA, and Trinity Hall.  This year, the MJL Irish Essay competition received over 75 essays, making it the most submissions ever.  Due to this increased interested and quality of submissions, the Committee decided to add a 3rd prize.  Families joined students to accept the awards that included a green glass engraved trophy and funds to further the student’s education. Winners are:

Poster Contest (Grades K-8)

·  K-3, First Place:  Brynn Bialock, Third Grade, Holy Cross Academy*

·  4-8th, First Place: Caelin Burke, 6th Grade, Holy Cross Academy

Michael J. Larkin Memorial Essay Competition (Grades 9-12)

·  First Place:  Willian Coughlin, CBA

·  Second Place: Brent Foytlin, CBA

·  Third Place: Brady Prunty, CBA

Parade Awards

Judges for the 2022 Parade were Mary Ann Dickson, Brian Brennan, and Bob McGinty. They chose winners who received commemorative green glass engraved plaques in the following categories:

Best Marching UnitCBA Pipes and Drums Band*
Best Junior Marching UnitHoly Cross Academy – The Irish Saints
Best Irish Step DanceDaly Irish Dance School*
Best FloatRyser’s Landscape Supply*
Best Novelty UnitBeauty & The Beast
Best Pipe BandThe Pipes & Drums of the Atlantic Watch
2022 Presidential AwardWall High School JROTC*

Parade organizers noted the generosity of their sponsors, including OceanFirst Bank, The Fort Athletic Club, Stanger Investment Banking, and Ryser’s Landscape Supply, along with Ad journal supporters and volunteers who make the Parade possible.

All event information will be posted on the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade website and social media pages (@Rumsonst.pats).  ​​

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