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Saturday, March 16, 2019

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Saint Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band.

The 2019 Parade will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019

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 2018 Line of March.

Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade

2019 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 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 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

Grand Marshal

Sister Percylee Hart, RSM

Principal, Union Catholic High School


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

John McPartlan

John McPartlan

John 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.

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