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2008 Nutley Saint Patrick's Day Parade


Saturday, March 1st, 2008  1:00 PM


2007 Grand Marshal Mike Gardner

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The parade will be at 1:00 on Saturday, March 3rd 2007. This years dignitaries are: Mike Gardner (Grand Marshal), PJ McDonald (Deputy Grand Marshal), Rick Sussko (Member of the Year), and Pamela Stoffers (Parade Queen).

The Nutley Irish American Alliance announces parade information and upcoming events which include the 29th annual parade.   The parade steps off on Saturday March 3, 2007 at 1:00 PM.  The route is from Holy Family Church, down Harrison Street to Franklin Avenue, ending at Chestnut Street.

Please join the Alliance afterwards for the post parade party to be held at the Knights of Columbus on Chestnut Street.  The festivities start after the parade and include beer, wine, soda, hot dogs and corned beef.  Entertainment will be provided featuring Irish and American music.  The cost is 25.00 per person for unlimited fun and refreshments.  Tickets are 20.00 if purchased in advance and children 14 and under are free. 


2008 Nutley Saint Patrick's Day Parade 

Saturday March 1st, 2008

2003 Photos click here

1979 Joseph McGuiness
1980 Edward Lenihan
1981 Francis "Motz" Buel
1982 John V. Kelly
1983 Bernard Gallagher
1984 Thomas Giblin
1985 James Grogan
1986 Joseph Cunningham
1987 Michael Delahunt
1988 John F. Cryan
1989 John G. Mooney
1990 May E. Maher
1991 Patricia McGarry Drake
1892 Thomas F. Cowan
1993 William J. Jernick, III
1994 Thomas J. Cusick
1995 Robert Ruane
1996 James A. Cavanaugh
1997 Edward Kirk
1998 William Hoatson
1999 Thomas P. Gerity
2000 Joseph F. Purcell
2001 Michael Hamilton
2002 Steven Kelly

2003 Grand Marshall is Kevin Ryan

"Let's Have a Parade"

Nutley's Irish Heritage and Parade Origins

Nutley New Jersey's Irish heritage runs deep. In the late 1700's and through the 1800's Nutley was a major quarry town; so much that most of New York City's brownstone came from Nutley. The Irish families of King, Phillips and Joyce owned Nutley's brownstone quarries and most of the original quarrymen were Irish immigrants. The Phillips family went on to donate the land and brownstone for Nutley's first Roman Catholic Church, St. Mary's, in 1872.

More than 100 years later, in March of 1878, a modern day Irishman, Richie Clark uttered the words: "Let's have a parade." These were the seeds of what was to become the Nutley Irish American Association's Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Joe "Muggs" McGuiness and Paul Denkinger brought the idea of a parade up to Judge Robert Citrino. He loved the idea. His father, the town doctor, had always loved the parade in New York. The Judge overcame many obstacles to make the parade a reality. He acquired the permit, the flags, the pipe band and he even had the first green line painted.

The first parade stepped off March 17, 1878 behind the St. Columcille Pipe Band; the first Grand Marshall, Joe "Muggs" McGuiness; Aide, Bob Rusignuolo; flag bearers, Bob Parke and Jerry Popcock. The banner carried by Bob Carr and Bob Wiengartner read "The Friendly Sons of Maggie's Garter." The Queen, Cindy Cunningham, rode in a borrowed boat belonging to Mark Waidren, accompanied by sisters, Trish and Dawn, along with Paul Denkinger. Drew Bartsch made his debut as our local Leprechaun, green shoes and all.

The line of march saw Joe and Ruth Cunningham, Steve Blank, Rick Harle, Jeff Britton, Ken Williams, Bill Woodruff, Craig Shepperd, The Crowley Brothers, and Vinnie Dunn. Richie Clark and Walt Murray drove a float owned by Viola Brothers. Officer Dan Meeham walked with the parade route with a small band of marchers to their destination, "Maggies Garter." Along the way the team passed the Nutley High School baseball team in the Oval under the leadership of two fine Irishmen, Carmen Lemma and Joe Affinto, who suspended play to stand at attention, caps over their hearts to salute the flag.

The reviewing stand supplied by Judge Citrino stood at Jack's Sweet Shop. The Judge, along with Harry Chenoweth, Carmen Orechio and Jack Haskel honored Grand Marshal McGuiness and Queen Cindy with flowers and green bagels. The Judge also kissed the Queen and gave a corsage to Mrs. Denkinger. And so, the St. Patrick's Parade that no one thought would ever come to be, was born.

The first formal parade was organized in 1879 with the able assistance of our first and still current Parade Chairman, John V. Kelly and late Judge Citrino and has been an annual event ever since. The Nutley St. Patrick's Day Parade has grown in stature and tradition in the twenty-four years that have passed. We have added an investiture Mass at St. Mary's Church to start the day and a celebration with Bobby Byrne at the end of the day. The Nutley Irish American Association has taken it's place in the community by supporting community activities, providing scholarships to students, sponsoring a soccer team and providing holiday food baskets to needy families.

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