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 2019 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 2019 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
is 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
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.