Scenes from a wintry St. Patrick’s parade in Morristown

CuChullain Pipe Band of Morris County at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
CuChullain Pipe Band of Morris County at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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Samantha DeNunzio was among those who thought it would be a mistake to proceed with the Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, so soon after a storm that dumped two feet of snow in some towns and knocked out power for thousands.

Samantha DeNunzio, left, with friend Inna Strigun, her daughter Vera, 7, and Samantha's son Markus, 6, after the Morris County St. Patrick's Parade, March 10, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Samantha DeNunzio, left, with friend Inna Strigun, her daughter Vera, 7, and Samantha’s son Markus, 6, after the Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade, March 10, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

By the time the last piper had marched down Morristown’s South Street, however, she was singing a different tune.

“The mayor did a fantastic job of making everything clear. And I have to say the police and Sheriff’s departments did an excellent job. I feel extremely safe,” said the Morristown resident.

Bundled up with her son Markus, 6, she joined other hardy souls who cheered four divisions of floats and bands, braving icy winds that made the mid-30s temperatures feel colder.

Grand Marshal John Murphy at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Grand Marshal John Murphy at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

“I was only off by 30 degrees,” said Grand Marshal John Murphy, referring to his balmy parade forecast last month.

Many of his relatives traveled from Ireland for the occasion. Some paraded in style, in his emerald green fire truck.

“It’s a day I’ll never forget, and will always be grateful for,” said Murphy, who grew up in Morristown’s Little Dublin neighborhood.

Although the weather was frosty and crowds were thinner than usual, “it was a great, great day,” starting with a Mass coordinated by Sister Peters at Assumption Church, and Sara McCabe singing the Irish anthem in Gaelic at the Morristown Green, the Grand Marshal said.

Slideshow photos by Katharine Boyle:

Kids enjoy the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
Looking sharp at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
Flag bearers at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
Green selfie at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
CHEESE! Fireman takes aim at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
Strike up the band at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
BLANKETS, PLEASE! Four-legged friends at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
Top O' the Morning to you, Officer! The 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
Rolling merch at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
A clean machine, at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
The Saint himself, at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
Entering the home stretch at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
Washington Street for the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
By George, it's MorristownGreen.com at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
MorristownGreen.com at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
Flags on high at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
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He praised Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, his administration and town public works crews for doing an “incredible job” clearing mountains of snow.

“It’s unbelievable what they pulled off,” Murphy said.

 Only a day earlier, some people expressed doubts online that the town would be parade-ready in the wake of two nor-easters.
South Street, March 7, 2018--three days before the Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
South Street, March 7, 2018–three days before the Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Kids enjoy the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
Kids enjoy the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle

“Morristown is a mess. They should postpone the parade,” Lisa Bataille posted Friday on Morristown Green’s Facebook page.

Others suggested it was wrong to stage a spectacle when many are without electricity and streets across the county remain closed because of downed trees and power lines.

 

Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove

CuChullain Pipe Band of Morris County at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Allison, 4 of Boonton lets it all hang out to music from Paddy and the Paleboys at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Step Dancers under the Direction of Emily Endean, at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Happy parade goers at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Grand Marshal John Murphy at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Grand Marshal John Murphy's fire truck at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Grand Marshal John Murphy's fire truck at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Cassie, 12, an Irish Wheaten Terrier at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Chalking shamrocks at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Welcome/Introduction by Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and First Lady Mary Dougherty at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Paddy and the Paleboys provided pre-parade musicat the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The crowd waits for the parade to begin, at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Ava Grace, 10 months, enjoys her first St. Patrick's Day Parade at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Essex Shilellagh Pipes and Drums at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Dublin Pub at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
VFW Post 390 from Denville presents the colors with a 21 gun saluteat the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Morristown Fire Chief Robert Flanagan and Morristown Fire Bureau at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Morristown Fire Bureau at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Step Dancers under the Direction of Emily Endean at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Step Dancers under the Direction of Emily Endean. Emily has toured with Michael Flatley in the Lord of the Dance, at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Practicing before the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Former Grand Marshal Richard Smith and Parade Chairman Jeff Rawding before the parade at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Parade officials at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Jeff Rawding and his wife at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Jerzey Derby Brigade at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Former Grand Marshals at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Rory O'Moore Pipes & Drums at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
MorristownGreen.com at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Peerless Beverage Co. at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Irish American Association of Northwest Jersey at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Chalked shamrock at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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But the parade’s makeup date of March 24, 2018, conflicted with a march for gun law reforms. And organizers said a postponement would result in a smaller parade and fewer proceeds for local charities.

The 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The 2018 Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier

The parade is presented by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and the Irish American Association of North West Jersey.

Dougherty and organizers said they hoped this year’s parade would bring cheer to those who could use a dose of it after so many weather problems.

Slideshow photos by Bill Lescohier

The 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The Denville String Band at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The Denville String Band at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The Cuchullan Pipe Band at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Grand Marshal John Murphy's fire truck at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Molly Malone's at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Wild West City at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
The Irish American Association of NW New Jersey at 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Past Grand Marshals at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Bill Lescohier
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“I think they were courageous to do it,” said Peter Wall of Mendham.

The Wall family of Morristown and Mendham after watching the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The Wall family of Morristown and Mendham after watching the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

He and his wife Gwen, who have spent five days in a hotel because of power outages, joined their daughter Beth and her young family on Saturday. “It was a good parade,” said the beaming grandpa.

“I was surprised it went forward,” said Beth Wall, a Morristown resident who brought her son Braden, age 3 1/2.

“But when I saw how much snow they cleared, I thought, ‘We’re good.’ Aside from being cold, it was quite nice.”

Stay tuned for more from the line of march.

MORE 2018 PARADE COVERAGE

 
Allison, 4 of Boonton lets it all hang out to music from Paddy and the Paleboys at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Allison, 4 of Boonton lets it all hang out to music from Paddy and the Paleboys at the 2018 Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

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