Saturday, March 16, 2019
The 2019 Parade will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019
Thornstick Mass will start the day, and be hosted in conjunction with
the Elizabeth A.O.H. at St. Patrick's Church in Elizabeth.
The Reviewing Stand Festivities at Morris and Stuyvesant Avenues in Union
begin. Enjoy the "Kid's Zone", fun for all ages on Stuyvesant Ave.
(just off Morris Ave.)
1:00 PM Sharp
The Parade begins with the Marching units gathered on Morris
Avenue and along Commerce and Jeanette Avenues. The parade route
proceeds east along Morris Avenue to a turn at the Main Reviewing Stand
at Stuyvesant Ave. and ends at Roosevelt Avenue.
The Midway Reviewing Stand at Morris and Caldwell Avenues has parade
announcers with details of all of the participants, history and other
information. It's a great place to watch the parade!
Please click here for the 2018 Line of March.
Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
2019 General Chairwoman
Jessica Ann Cunningham was born in Elizabeth, NJ
to Clarence and Karen Cunningham. Jessica has an older brother, Matthew, and twin
sister, Katie. Jessica is also the proud aunt of her niece, Jaylah. Jessica has
roots in Northern Ireland, as well as many other regions in Eastern Europe and Africa.
Jessica attended grammar school in Roselle, NJ and graduated from Abraham Clark High
School in 2002. Jessica received a Bachelors of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant,
Management in 2006 from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She worked in the hotel business
for 11 years, before she decided to follow her dream of being a teacher. In 2012, Jessica
started her teaching career as a teacher's aide in Roselle, NJ; while working on her
teaching degree. In 2016, Jessica finished the Alternate Route Teaching Program from
New Jersey City University (NJCU) and earned a job as a kindergarten teacher in Roselle,
NJ. Jessica is currently attending NJCU for her Masters in Special Education. Jessica
is an assistant softball and girls basketball coach at her alma mater Abraham Clark
Jessica became involved in the parade and other Irish organizations through her mother,
Karen, who was the 2008 Parade Adjutant. Jessica is the President of the Irish American
Society in Union. She was the 2016 Union County St Patrick's Day Adjutant. Jessica has
also served as the parade's Recording Secretary. She is also a member of the Nugents
Association and Daughters of Ireland.
Jessica currently resides in Elizabeth, NJ. She is a parishioner of St Joseph's the
Carpenter Church in Roselle, NJ. She works part time at the Hamilton Park Hotel in
Florham Park. She still enjoys playing softball in various leagues throughout Union
County. Jessica enjoys spending time with her family especially with her parents in
South Carolina. Jessica also volunteers at her local food pantry and various community
The 2018 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
is dedicated to
St. Patrick and all of the Saints of Ireland
|Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade |
2018 Grand Marshal
McPartlan was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn in 1958. He is the son of
John and Sally Ann McPartlan, who had four children - John, Mary Ann,
Terry and Dennis. John traces his roots through his father (John
McPartlan, Sr.) who was born in County Leitrim and came to the United
States in 1947. John's mother Sally Ann O'Connor was born in Brooklyn,
the daughter of William and Mary (Sheridan) O'Connor, each born and
raised from either side of Balinrobe in County Mayo who met here in New
York and married.
John attended St. Patrick's grammar
school and Bishop Ford High School in New York. In 1980, John graduated
from St. John's University. Also, in 1980 John moved to Bayonne, NJ
where he lived until 1995. After moving to Scotch Plains, John and his
family became parishioners of St. Helen's Church in Westfield, NJ. John
worked for Verizon Communications for 20 years in the areas of Customer
Relations, Government Affairs and Public Communications.
Along with his career at Verizon
Communications, John worked in the restaurant business in a small
Brooklyn neighborhood pub called Pipin's. In 1991, he purchased Pipin's
and continued as proprietor until 2004. In 2001, John expanded his
restaurant business by purchasing and building Molly Maguire's Irish
Pub and Restaurant in Clark, NJ, which opened just in time to celebrate
St. Patrick's Day in March 2002. To give his customers a truly
authentic Irish pub and restaurant experience, John imported all the
furniture and "bric-a-brac" from Ireland. Over the years, Molly's has
hosted a number of Irish bands and musicians, including an annual visit
from the infamous "Wolfe Tones" all the way from Ireland.
Molly's has become one of the best
central gathering spots for a bit of "good craic", a proper pint, great
music and fun for the Irish-American community in Union County. Many
Irish-American organizations have their regular meetings there,
including the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the Irish Business
Organization, The Daughters of Ireland and the St. Patrick's Day Parade
Committee. John also organizes and hosts an annual golf outing
benefitting The Union County St. Patrick's Day parade. In addition
Molly's has received numerous recognitions, such as being named the
Irish Business Association's 2009 recipient of their "Business of the
Year" award and the winner of the Irish Echo's Nationwide Hospitality
50 "2014 Irish Pub of the Year" award. Molly's over the years has
provided a tremendous amount of support to all the Irish-American
organizations and worthy, local not for profit charities, as well as
many town sporting teams and school activities.
John is a member and promoter of
numerous organizations in Union County, including the Union County St.
Patrick's Day Parade Committee, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the
Union County Irish Business Organization, and the Center for Hope
Hospice and the New Jersey Coalition of Autism Awareness. Through his
numerous efforts, John promotes Irish culture and heritage in Union
County. In 2007 he was proud to be honored as the "Irishman of the
Year" by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Union County.
John is married to his loving wife,
Karen, and resides in Scotch Plains. He also relishes spending time
with his son Jeffrey, his daughter Christie, his daughter in law Stacey
and his son in law Kevin - usually at NY Giant tailgates. He is very
proud of his family and Irish heritage and enjoys traveling throughout
Ireland, especially if it involves playing golf.