It’s that time of year again! March rolls around and all you want to do is drink green beer, eat corned beef and cabbage and celebrate your Irish roots (even if you don’t officially have any). But are there any child-friendly St. Pat’s Day activities in NJ? You bet your lucky charms, there are. March on over to any of these great family-friendly 2016 St. Patrick’s Day celebrations for NJ kids and families or check out our March Go List with activities and events across the whole state.
Atlantic City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Atlantic City
This year’s parade features music, fun, marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, floats and more! The parade takes place on Saturday, March 12 at 1pm on the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. The parade will begin at North Carolina Avenue and the boardwalk.
Bayonne St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Bayonne
Bayonne celebrates St. Patrick’s Day all month with their Irish flag-raising ceremony, the annual St. Patrick’s Party, St. Patrick’s dinner dance and the city’s parade. The parade takes place on Sunday, March 20 at 1pm at 5th Street and Broadway.
Bergen County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Bergenfield
This family-friendly parade marches up Washington Avenue in Bergenfield. It all begins at Tommy Fox's Public House for the Grand Marshall Breakfast. The parade kicks off on Sunday, March 13 at 2pm.
Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Elizabeth
The festivities begin with a mass at St. Patrick’s Church in Elizabeth. There will be activities for the whole family, with a “kid’s zone” on Stuyvesant Avenue. The parade begins Saturday, March 12 at 1pm sharp.
Hamilton St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Hamilton
Formerly the Trenton St. Patrick’s Day Parade, this parade moved to Hamilton four years ago. The opening ceremonies begin at 12:30pm, and the parade kicks off Saturday, March 12 at 1pm.
Morris County’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Morristown
This parade touts itself as having more bands than the Rose Bowl parade! This big (70,000 are expected to be in attendance) family-friendly event begins with pre-parade festivities at the Green at 10:30. The parade itself starts Saturday, March 12 at noon near the corner of South and James.
Sussex County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Newton
The 13th Annual (self-proclaimed) “shortest parade in the U.S.,” takes place on Saturday, March 19 at 11:30am in Newton.
The Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Rumson
Celebrate being Irish in Rumson! The parade will be music and fun with marching bands from area high schools, Irish Step Dancers, floats, bagpipes and much more local color. The parade begins Sunday, March 13 at 1pm at Victory Park and will travel to East River Road, turn on Carton Street and end at the school. Rumson is serving up Irish fun this whole month, too! Click here to find out about fun cultural events and activities including learning Irish words, celebrating Irish poets and authors, slide shows, exhibits learn traditional Irish dancing and more.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration, Sea Isle City
Celebrate in Sea Isle City with live music, antique vehicles, floats and more! Celebration starts at 1pm and you can join the party immediately following the parade at Kix McNutley’s. The parade takes place on Saturday, March 12 beginning at 3:30pm at 93rd Street and Landis Avenue.
Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Seaside Heights
Come on down to the 31st Annual Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Seaside Heights. Come and restore the shore! It all begins on Saturday, March 12 at noon on the Boulevard in Seaside Heights.
Woodbridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Woodbridge
Participate in or simply watch this fun-filled parade and show your Irish pride! It all happens on Sunday, March 13. A flag raising ceremony at Town Hall kicks things off at 9am. The parade begins at Woodbridge High School at 1:30pm and ends at Town Hall.
Clinton St. Patrick's Day Parade, Clinton
Come and celebrate this small town's St. Patrick's Day parade, which begins at Clinton Community Center and goes through the town. The parade takes place on Sunday, March 13 at 3pm.
Asbury Park Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Asbury Park
Join in on the fun shore celebration on Sunday, March 13 at 1pm. The parade begins on the boardwalk at 5th and Ocean Avenues and heads into downtown. You can expect floats, marching bands, dancing, performances and much more!
photo credit: Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade
Originally published 2013