Now that last week’s nor’easter bluster is mostly behind us, Greater Morristown can begin returning its attention to the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade.
And we have it on good authority that Mother Nature will behave herself on parade day, Saturday, March 10, 2018.
That authority is none other than Grand Marshal John Murphy. And he’s got friends in high places–from nuns and bishops all the way up (we presume) to Saint Patrick himself.
Check out our video for Murph’s meteorological prognostication.
The Grand Marshal is so confident, in fact, that he plans to place his Irish immigrant parents and assorted aunts and uncles from the old sod into his emerald green fire truck for the parade.
“The truck is a convertible, so there’s no place to hide!” Murphy said.
He may need to enlist an entire fire department. So many Irish cousins are coming over for the big event that it’s almost “like planning for a wedding,” he said.
Being Grand Marshal entails a slew of public appearances in the months preceding the parade. Murphy said it’s been great fun. But he wouldn’t mind another year of preparation.
“One of my good friends pulled me aside very quietly before I went into an event and said, ‘I don’t know how to tell you this but…your kilt’s on backwards.”
Parade Day begins with a 10 a.m. Mass at Assumption Church in Morristown. Starting at 10:15 am, entertainment at the Morristown Green will include music from Paddy and the Pale Boys, a combined band from the Thomas Jefferson and Sussex Avenue elementary schools, some history from Drew University students, step dancing, and a welcome from Morristown’s Mayor and First Lady, Tim and Mary Dougherty. The parade begins at noon at town hall, 200 South St., and proceeds around the Green to Morristown High School. Make sure to wave at our merry band from MorristownGreen.com, near the back of Division 1!