Not everything went according to the “luck o’ the Irish” on March 12 for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Jersey City.
While the weather cooperated and there was no rain or snow, a stiff breeze sharpened the below-freezing temperatures to make it a chilly affair for the thousands who marched, or worse, who stood along the route up Kennedy Boulevard from Lincoln Park to Journal Square.
“I’m pleased to be part of this annual tradition.” – Steven Fulop
“I’m pleased to be part of this annual tradition,” Fulop told the crowd.
Sponsored by The Jersey City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, the event drew thousands along the parade route despite the chill. Costumed characters greeted kids with candy and other treats. Featured were Irish groups from throughout Hudson County and Staten Island.
Cardinal Joseph Tobin, newly-named archbishop for the Archdiocese of Newark, was among those specially honored this year. Other parade honorees included Grand Marshal Dr. Glen Gabert, Hudson County Community College; Irishman of the Year Robert Caulfield, Fields Development Group; Irishwoman of the Year Nora O’Rourke, Liberty Realty; and Irish Firefighter, Battalion Chief Richard Gorman.
Also honored were Irish Police Officer Lt. Patrick Sullivan; Irish Paramedic Michael Very, JC Medical Center RWJ/Barnabas Health; Irish Educator Kathleen Carroll Kopacz; Honorary Irishwoman Leah Blesoff-Woodcock of The Hutton Bar & Grill; Honorary Irishman of the Year Brett Michael Bacek, Posthumously, and as Miss Colleen, Katherine Mary Boyle, Hudson Catholic High School.
While there was some confusion at the start of the parade this year, all ended well with numerous post-parade celebrations taking place.
Al Sullivan may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.