Trenton Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 12th, 2011
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2011 Grand Marshal Wayne DeAngelo
PARADE MOVES TO HAMILTON
The 26th annual Trenton St Patrick’s Day Parade@ Hamilton, will kick off the
Parade on March 12, 2011 with an open ceremony at Sayen Gardens @ 12:30 pm. At
1:00 pm the Parade will start from Sayen Garden, proceed down Mercer St.,
making a right on to Nottingham Way and continue to Shady Lane.
In November of 1985, a small group of people banded
together to organize a St. Patrick's Day Parade. Trenton had not had a parade
in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland for more than 100 years. Desmond
Murphy, who was born in Dublin, and is now the owner of the 149 Club on
Washington Street, originated the idea.
Initially, the group consisted of four local Irish-American tavern owners.
However, it expanded to include those with the expertise to organize the
event. The problem was, despite all that expertise, none of them had served on
a Parade Committee before or had taken on such a monumental task. Undaunted,
they decided to invoke "Murphy's Law", the one that says if something can go
wrong, it will.
The committee members then decided that Murphy's Law was too optimistic, so
they adopted their own law - "Even the impossible will happen so be prepared
to handle any crisis." As a result of that realistic philosophy, the Trenton
St. Patrick's Day Parade has earned the reputation for being a finely
orchestrated, precision production.
The Parade Committee is disbanded after every parade and reorganized in April
by the Board of Trustees. At that time, the Chairperson and the Parade
Coordinator are elected, a budget is prepared and sub-committees are
organized, each of which has its own set of responsibilities. The
sub-committees report their progress to the Chairperson and the Board of
Trustees at monthly meetings.
The Parade budget, including scholarships, is well in excess of $50,000. Funds
are raised in part by active participation of committee members at various
functions throughout the year, including festivals, bus trips and its souvenir
journal. The committee also raises money through their annual fund-raiser,
private contributions and band sponsorship.
The Trenton St. Patrick's Day Parade is held the Saturday before St. Patrick's
The Parade begins with opening ceremonies on the steps of St. Anthony's Roman
Catholic Church on Olden Avenue. The Parade then marches down Olden Avenue
turning left onto Hamilton Avenue. Then going down Hamilton Avenue, the main
route of the Parade, participants pass the Reviewing Stand at Columbus Park.
The Parade then turns left onto Chestnut Avenue and finally ends at Immaculate
Conception Roman Catholic Church.
The Trenton St. Patrick's Day Parade annually features in excess of 120
Marching Units and Floats and draws well over 60,000 spectators.
Pete Hourihan - Chairman
Mary Kay Cary
Chairman – Clark Masi
Treasurer – Vince McKelvey
Parade Coordinator – Ed Dunn
Recording Secretary - Mike Simone
Corresponding Secretary - Debbie Potkay
Solicitor - Tom Walls
Accountant - Dave Aust
Ed Dunn, Parade