“The tradition of having the St. Patrick’s parade in Morris County goes to 1780, when George Washington, encamped at Jockey Hollow in Morristown, gave his troops a day off for St. Patrick’s Day,” said William Quinn, grand marshal of the Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Morristown.
“We say it’s the first official St. Patrick’s Day within the newly created United States,” Quinn said. “That’s where the tradition really started.”
And it will continue at noon March 12 on South Street in Morristown, as Quinn and his wife, Robyn, lead the 33rd annual Morris County parade, with both their sons, Thomas and James, playing the bagpipes.
“It’s part of honoring St. Patrick as the patron saint of Ireland, something we always do in Ireland,” said Quinn, who emigrated from County Galway 23 years ago.
“It’s also a way of the Irish honoring the memories of the people who gave their lives for this country, and remembering what all the Irish people did to make this country what it is. The Irish are always eager to celebrate.”
The March 12 Parade day begins with Mass at 10:00am at the Church of the Assumption, off Maple Avenue in Morristown.
The parade will start at 12:00 Noon at the corner of South Street and James Street. The parade route is South Street to Atno Avenue.
There will be about 20 bands with about 50,000 in attendance either in the parade or as spectators.
Read more in the Daily Record and the official Morristown St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee.