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2008 Newark Saint Patrick's Day Parade

73rd Anniversary Parade (Organized 1936)

New Jersey's First & Original

Friday, March 14, 2008 2:00  PM


Starting at the Prudential Center "The Rock"

in Downtown Newark March Northward on Mulberry Street


Parade Photo's 2007 2006 Slide Show


2008  Grand Marshall - Donald “Donny” Gilmartin


 2008 Parade is Honoring the 50th  Anniversary Essex County Emerald Society Police and Firefighter Pipe & Drum Corp


Newark Parade Photos

over 250 photos


Newark, NJ – March, 2008- General Chairman Kevin P. Frey and the Newark Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee are proud to announce the selection of  Grand Marshal Don Gilmartin and Deputy Grand Marshal Virginia C. Treacy to lead the 73rd Anniversary Parade on Friday, March 14, 2008.  The Parade will begin promptly at 2:00 pm, starting from the New Prudential Center on Mulberry Street, Newark. 


          Donald Gilmartin, who traces his roots to County Roscommon, served in the U.S. Navy from October 1968 to September 1970. He has been a member of the Newark Fire Department for 34 years and is currently assigned to Ladder 4 and the Fireboat, Marine 1. Gilmartin is a founding member and Past President of the Essex County Police and Fire Emerald Society, as well as a founding member of the Newark Firefighters Pipe Band.  Gilmartin is Past President of the New Jersey Grand Council of Emerald Societies and a Past Chairman of the Police Memorial March for the National Council of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies held during Police Week in Washington D.C. He resides in Somerset , NJ with his wife Millie and their four children: Colleen, Caitlin, Laurenn Anne and Christopher.


          Deputy Grand Marshal Virginia Treacy is Executive Director of JNESO District Council 1 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, and has been a registered nurse for 35 years.  She traces her Irish roots to County Cork and County Down. Treacy conducted her first organizing campaign in 1977, and in 1985, after working as Union Director for the New Jersey State Nurses Association, she led 2,300 nurses to start an independent professional health care union, JNESO.  JNESO affiliated with the IUOE in 1992, and the union boasts more than 5,000 registered nurses and other health care providers.


          Virginia has been honored with several awards by her union as well as her Labor and Nursing peers and colleagues. Most recently, she was a committee member of New Jersey’s Commission on Rationalizing Healthcare Resources and is a leader of “RNs Working Together” an AFL-CIO National Alliance of 12 health care unions.  Virginia is married to Brian and they have two daughters, Barbara and Kathleen. The family makes time to visit Ireland annually, enjoying the many golf courses there.


          Newark Police Director Garry McCarthy will serve as the Honorary Chairman of the 2008 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  McCarthy began his career as a New York City Police Officer in 1981 and over the next 17 years, commanded the 20th, 33rd, and 70th precincts.  He has served as Newark Police Director since 2006.  McCarthy, married for 21 years to his wife Gina, has two daughters, Kyla and Kimberly, and traces his Irish Roots to County Longford.


          The 2008 Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade is dedicated to The Police and Fire Emerald Society of Essex County.  The Emerald Society of Essex County New Jersey was established its 1958, in an effort to form a fraternal organization that would benefit and work to assist any Police Officer or Firefighter in time of need.  In 1981, The Emerald Society Pipe Band was formed and since then has performed throughout the World. The band holds as its goal that no fallen Police Officer or Firefighter be laid to rest without the honor of Pipes and Drums.


          The new Parade route will start at the Prudential Center and proceed north on Mulberry Street, past the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Center Street, and conclude at Washington Park. There will be Reviewing Stands located at Mulberry and Clinton Streets as well as Central Avenue and Washington Street.


          For more information about the 2008 Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade please call Kevin P. Frey, General Chairman at (201) 859-5605

Newark Parade Photos

over 250 photos



at the State House with all the Grand Marshals

from the State of New Jersey


2008 Newark Parade Committee Calendar of Events





Official Newark Press Release


 2004 Newark Line of March


2004 Officers  -  Past Newark Grand Marshals 


Photos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 6 7, 8, 9, 10 ,11, 11, 11 ,14

 Essex County Ceremony photos click here



Essex County Board of Freeholders

A Salute to the Irish

 Ceremony photos click here

Thursday, March  - 4pm

Hall of Records 5th Floor All are welcomed


 Grand Marshal and Deputy Grand Marshal of the 2004

Newark Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Announced


Ireland's Roscommon Castlerea Brass and Reed Band

2003 Parade Photos

Newark's 2003 Line of March

2003 Grand Marshal & Deputy Grand Marshal

2003 Newark Parade Information


Photos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 6 7, 8, 9, 10 ,11, 11, 11 ,14


Before the parade in front of City Hall interviews

2002 Newark Parade Ceremonies


 AOH Breakfast 

Newark Parade Photos Page 1  Page 2  Page 3

additional photos of past chairmen   additional photos

2001 Parade Photos Grand Marshal Mayor James McGreevey




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