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Parade Information

Saturday, March 14, 2020

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Saint Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band.

The 2020 Parade will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020

9:00 AM
The Thornstick Mass will start the day, and be hosted in conjunction with the Elizabeth A.O.H. at St. Patrick's Church in Elizabeth.

12:00 Noon

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 2019 Line of March.

Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade

2019 & 2020 General Chairwoman

Jessica Cunningham

Jessica Cunningham

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 earned her Masters in Special Education in 2019 from NJCU. Jessica is an assistant softball and girls basketball coach at her alma mater Abraham Clark High School.

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 events.


The 2019 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade

was dedicated to

all of the youth coaches who volunteer

to mentor and lead our children.


Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade

2019 Grand Marshal

Sister Percylee Hart, RSM

Sister Percylee Hart, RSM

Union Catholic Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, has been named Grand Marshal of the 2019 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade, Union Catholic Assistant Principal Dr. Jim Reagan Jr. announced to the UC Community on UCTV on Tuesday morning.

Sister Percylee has been the Principal of Union Catholic since 1980. She's been the catalyst for every major advance that the school has made in the past 38 years. Her progressive initiatives have positioned Union Catholic as one of the premier Catholic high schools in the state.

Prior to UC, Sister Percylee was the Principal of Red Bank Catholic High School from 1970-1980. She is serving as a member of the Advisory Committee and the Controversies Committee of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA); is President of the Newark Archdiocese Regional Principals Association; and is Trustee Emerita at Georgian Court University, her alma mater.

Sister Percylee holds a Masters of Public Administration Degree from Seton Hall University and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She's a member of the National Catholic Educators Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Sister Percylee, a sister of the Irish order of the Sisters of Mercy, has Irish roots that trace back to the early 1800's.

Her maternal grandfather, John Smith, was born and raised in County Sligo. He immigrated from Ireland to the U.S. in the late 1800's where he found work in the Armory, traveling across the country. Sister's paternal grandmother is also of Irish descent.

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