Go raibh maith agaibh: Thank you for a lovely St. Patrick’s parade

The Morristown Green team at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. It was an honor to march with these fine lads and lasses!
The Morristown Green team at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. It was an honor to march with these fine lads and lasses!
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It was my privilege to moderate a discussion last week about the tenuous future of local news.

These are challenging times, as any community editor will attest. Nobody is getting rich doing this. But the business does have its rewards.

When I get sick, readers bring me chicken soup. (So far, no poison!) That doesn’t happen in too many lines of work.

And when there is a parade, it’s my honor to march with the finest lads and lasses one  ever could hope to meet. Saturday marked MorristownGreen.com’s 11th appearance in the Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade. On the Fun Meter, this one was hard to beat.

Slideshow photos by the Morristown Green team. Click / hover on images for captions:

The Morristown Green team at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. It was an honor to march with these fine lads and lasses!
MorristownGreen.com at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
MorristownGreen.com brigade at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
George with Theresa Davis, one of the unsung heroines of the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade.
MorristownGreen.com contingent plays for Grand Marshal Father Patrick 'Paddy' O'Donovan at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
MorristownGreen.com contingent greets the Grand Marshal at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
STEPPIN' OUT: The MorristownGreen.com brigade steps onto South Street for the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Marie Pfeifer.
MorristownGreen.com at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Katharine Boyle
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Some hearty thanks are in order–in Irish and English. Let’s start with the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County and the Irish American Association of Northwest Jersey for throwing another splendid parade. And they picked another winning Grand Marshal, in Father Paddy O’Donovan.

Enjoying the sunshine at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
Enjoying the sunshine at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez

Thanks to everyone who lined the route to cheer for us. Without you, this spectacle would be nothing more than a dangerous walk in traffic!

A big tip of the tricorn to Morristown DPW crews who removed the snow, to all the police and emergency services personnel who made things run safely and smoothly, and to the Morristown Parking Authority for free parking.

Team Morristown Green is grateful for Jeff Sovelove’s Iron Man performance with camera and pen, and for superb images from Katharine Boyle and Penny Lopez, featured below.

 

Slideshow parade photos by Penny Lopez. Click /hover on images for captions:

Pipers at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
Flag bearers at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
Gov. Phil Murphy and Assemblyman Tom Giblin at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
The Morristown High School Marching Band and Color Guard at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
Denville String Band at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
Mayor Tim Dougherty and First Lady Mary Dougherty shake hands with Grand Marshal Father Patrick 'Paddy' O'Donovan at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
Enjoying the sunshine at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
Marching band at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
Molly Malone's car at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
Morristown Public Safety Director Michael Corcoran Jr. and Fire Chief Robert Flanagan salute at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
Grand Marshal Father Patrick 'Paddy' O'Donovan at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
Floating on air at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
Marching band at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
Past Grand Marshals march in the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
MorristownGreen.com contingent plays for Grand Marshal Father Patrick 'Paddy' O'Donovan at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
Vintage Morristown fire truck at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
Flag bearers at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
The Irish American Association of Northwest New Jersey at the 2019 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade. Photo by Penny Lopez
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Many thanks to our orchestra from the Morristown Uke Jam: Beth Bachmann, Mark Dutton, Mike Sagurton and Danny Vento.

And last but far from least, thank you to our intrepid standard-bearers and kazoo chorus. Alphabetically, they included:

Heidi Colindres and daughters Adriana, 10, and Aurora, 8; Susan D’Alessandro; Kevin Glynn; Mardi and Wawa of Mama Drama fame; Leslie Raff and Louise Witt.

Truly, the Luck of the Irish blessed me when our paths converged!  See you all again on Memorial Day in Morris Plains?

MORE COVERAGE OF THE 2019 MORRIS COUNTY ST. PATRICK’S PARADE

Parade videos by Penny Lopez. Click left icon to scroll through playlist:

 

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