The 2014 Parade will be held on Saturday, March
9:00 am -
The Thornstick Mass in
conjunction with the Elizabeth A.O.H.
St. Patrick's Church, Elizabeth
A welcoming reception in the church hall
12:00 Noon - Reviewing Stand Festivities
Morris & Stuyvesant Avenues in Union
The "Kid's Zone" fun for all ages ---
Stuyvesant Ave.(just off Morris
1:00 PM Sharp - The Parade begins
The Marching units gather at Morris Avenue
and along Commerce and
the parade route proceeds east along Morris
Avenue to a turn at the
Main Reviewing Stand
and ends at Roosevelt Avenue
Midway Reviewing Stand
Morris and Caldwell Avenues in Union
Parade Announcers with Details of all of
History and Information!
A great place to watch the parade!
Click Here for 2013 Line of March
Union County St. Patrick's Day
2014 General Chairwoman
Ms. Kathryn Noonan-Rotando
Kathy has been a member of the Union County St. Patrick's Day
Parade Committee since its inception
and was the first woman to don a tuxedo in the parade! She co-chairs
the annual Celebrity Bartender and
the Finnegan's Wake fundraisers. She has served as Financial Secretary,
Deputy Adjutant, Second Vice Chair,
First Vice Chair and Adjutant. "Putting the 2011 parade on the street
as Adjutant, was one of my greatest
accomplishments. It was a day I will always cherish, as well as
lifelong friends, 2011 Chair, Marylou
Sullivan-Lenahan and 2011 Grand Marshal, Dave Bell. This year I am
equally as proud to have been elected
General Chairwoman of Parade 2014, and promise to do all I can do to
make this year's parade the best yet!
It is truly an honor".
Kathy is the daughter of the late James M. Noonan, and stepdaughter of
Joan Noonan, daughter of the late
Dora Mae Overcast and stepdaughter of Al Signore of Montana. She has a
brother, Jimmy, and a sister Celeste.
She also has step-sisters Kim Herbert, Jane Masucci and Karen Silvey,
and her late step brother, Don Silvey.
She has aunts and uncles and cousins, nieces and nephews that she loves
dearly. Kathy is a member of
St. Genevieve's Parish in Elizabeth, and works for the County of Union.
Kate was raised by her father, a truly proud Irishman who taught her
what it means to be Irish, to be an
American, and to have faith in God and family. He was her hero in every
way. While serving our country in WWII,
his plane was shot down over Germany and he was reported "missing in
action". Months later he was found in a
German prisoner of war camp, and spent the next 23 months as a
prisoner. It is Kathy's honor and privilege to
dedicate the 2014 parade to POW/MIA's.
After her father passed away, Kathy made it her mission to join every
Irish organization that he had belonged to.
Several years ago she was named an Honorary Union County Emerald
Society member, which made her mission complete.
Kathy is also, an active member of the Joseph Nugent Sr. Association
and currently holds the position of
"Good and Welfare" officer. She is a member of Elizabeth Anne Seton
Ancient Order of Hibernians; The Union County
Irish-American Association; The Irish American Society of Union; St.
Mary's of the Assumption High School Advisory
Board and the Cranford Elks.
Kathy was honored as Irishwoman of the year in 2010 by the Nugent
Association, and was honored in 2013 by the
Irish American Society of Union.
Kathy loves her friends, whom she calls her greatest assets. She loves
all animals, especially her two dogs,
Lucy and Maesy, who are still the current loves of her life.
2014 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
is dedicated to all POW's and MIA's
Union County St. Patrick's Day
2013 Grand Marshal
Jim Tansey is the son of the late Beatrice T.
Melody) and the late James P. Tansey. He grew up in the Vailsburg
section of Newark
with his five
brothers and sisters; Ellen, Patrick, Maureen, Terry, and Owen as well
cousin Mary Murphy. They were raised in the proud Irish tradition of
Family and Country. His father was a Newark Police Officer and his
an Essex County Sheriff’s Officer.
Jim is the father of three wonderful
children; Bridget is
23, Owen is 17, and Grace is 15. All three kids have been to Ireland numerous times and truly
their ancestors once inhabited Roscommon Castle.
The kids are the
focus of Jim’s life and he hopes to pass on to them the same
Irish values and
traditions his parents imparted to him. He could not be more proud of
Jim’s traces his Irish roots to
Counties Roscommon and Mayo.
All of his grandparents were born and raised in the heart of Connaught
west of Ireland.
He regularly visits his cousins the
O’Gara’s, who now reside
Town, and the
Farrell’s who are in
Jim’s children have fond memories of
running around O’Gara’s
Royal Hotel and driving the tractors on the Farrell’s farm. Jim
owns a house in
the Town of Ballinlough, County Roscommon.
Currently, Jim is the supervisor of the
Unit in the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. A former New York
Officer, he is a graduate of Rutgers Law
He is also the owner of Responsive Automotive Systems, a company he
that now deals with over 500 new car dealerships nationwide.
Being very active in the Irish American
community, Jim is
the recipient of numerous awards for both his work in law enforcement
expertise in his field of business.
A piper for more than 20 years, he was the
band manager for
The Essex County Emerald Society Police and Fire Pipe and Drum Band for
years. His band continues to carry on the proud Irish tradition of
has always remained true to its original and primary purpose that no
officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty should be laid to
without the honor and tribute of pipes and drums.
In the wake of 9/11, the band played at more
funerals and memorials for police officers and firefighters who gave
lives on that fateful day. Jim is proud to be associated with this
strong Irish cops and firemen.
Jim served for four years as a Trustee on the
St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. He has also served as a
Jim’s late sister, Terry, had a
division of the parade named
in her honor as did Jim’s late uncle, Battalion Chief Thomas
Melody of the
Newark Fire Department.
Jim was the 2004 honoree of the Cryan
Association held at
his grammar school alma mater, Sacred Heart in Vailsburg. In 2006 Jim
the Irishman of the Year by the Roscommon Society of New York.
He was the recipient of the 2009 James Keefe
Service Award from the Union County Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick for
service to the citizens of Union County.
He has been
recognized on many occasions by the Union County Board of Chosen
well the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly for his contributions
efforts in relation to the New Jersey Irish community.
He has also received two Certificates of
Recognition for his
service to the community from The United States Congress.
Jim is honored to have been selected as the
for the 2013 Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. He
dedicates this honor
to the memory of the deceased members of his immediate and extended
were all proud Irish Americans. He looks forward to walking down Morris Ave
16th and carrying on the proud tradition created and
the prior Grand Marshals of this great parade.