What virus? An almost-parade in Morristown

The St. Patrick's Parade was cancelled 'out of an abundance of caution.' But that didn't stop this after-party in Morristown, March 14, 2020. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


Saturday’s Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade was cancelled, along with virtually everything else within a 3,000-mile radius of South Street.

But no virus was going to stop these Morristown revelers, who included the Police Pipes and Drums of Morris County and past parade grand marshals at a shoulder-to-shoulder party complete with the customary green fire truck, food and libations, and Ireland’s Greatest Hits, performed with gusto by a pumped-up rock band.

Video: The Police Pipes & Drums of Morris County:

“No parade is cancelled till we say it is!” joked a piper named Jason, from the Police Pipes and Drums.

Video by Marion Filler for MorristownGreen.com, March 14, 2020:

“It’s unfortunate the parade was cancelled, but I get it,” said a young dad, who declined to give his name. He and his wife were preparing to take their 20-month-old daughter to the festivities behind a law office on Maple Avenue.

When asked if he was concerned about exposure to the coronavirus at the gathering, the dad smiled.

“It’s outside,” he said.

Correspondent Marion Filler contributed to this report.


KEEP YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCE! Who needs a parade, when you have an after-party? Morristown, March 14, 2020. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Lines outside Morristown bars on what would have been Parade Day, if not for the coronavirus. March 14, 2020. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Morristown police keep watchful eye on bar crowds, on day of cancelled Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade, March 14, 2020. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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  1. Owner of iron is scum for doing this. They handed out 100 hamburgers for patrons to eat ass well! Just throwing hamburgers out into the crowd. When Morristown has a sudden increase in sick people you know who to blame.

  2. I was in Morristown on the 7th at the Madison Hotel and Rod’s Steakhouse. I’ve been sick since Monday [9th], body temp up and down, body aches, cough. Hospital won’t test me without an active fever of 103 or higher. I’ve self quarantined. These people are stupid.

  3. James, you have to be realistic here – the town was always going to be shut down. It’s a matter of when. The earlier it happens, the shorter the duration, and the more days your place is open this year. Call your congress people, demand they fix the bill to cover small biz and specifically hospitality. Your employees deserve to be safe and financially secure.

  4. James cavanaugh – I think it’s crazy that your argument is the poor single moms and you are just helping the local economy. BS. On the Pipers website “when will the insanity end”. It was selfishness that “we just want to do what we want to do”. My suggestion, and I will be doing this tomorrow. Visit: http://ppdmc.org/contact.htm and write to the Band Manager – Scott Wagner and tell him – and the Mayor how dissapinting this is.

  5. Give it a rest, James. We all feel sorry for people who lose income, but this is a pandemic for Heaven’s sake. If anything, people shouldn’t have been able to congregate at bars yesterday, period. Everything non-essential should be shut down for a minimum of two weeks.

  6. For all those who have jib security I’m happy for you, the hospitality business is suffering badly, single mothers and families will have no income shortly, the parade would have provided income for the workers, it’s easy to ctiicise when your not in this position. Our concern this time wasn’t to make a profit but to keep our employees able to survive. One day would have made a big difference. If anyone thinks the government is going to step up your sadly mistaken. Those on the public payroll will continue getting paid thru this crises. Sad.

  7. This is one of the most irresponsible things I have ever seen people be party to. The mayor of Morristown is the first line of defense in stopping people from gathering and infecting each other and then going home and infecting others. The governor of New Jersey needs to step up and mandate that there are no restaurants or bars allowed open until this crisis is over. All of those who participated in Saturday’s events are disgusting selfish human beings.

  8. This is the height of irresponsibility and stupidity. The Mayor should read this ishttps://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca

  9. I am Irish, I had planned to be in Morristown for the Parade until it was cancelled. This is the height of irresponsibility and selfishness. Who do these people think they are? They are not only endangering themselves but the most vulnerable among us. It is disgusting and arrogant & the most idiotic actions I have seen to date. Shame on them— unfortunately it will most likely be innocents that pay the price.

  10. Selfish and stupid. Moronstown. Community spreaders on display. Disappointed at the carelessness of any first responders who took part in the celebration at a time when they most need to stay healthy and stop the spread.

  11. Great leadership morristown. The Jewish Temple in town has a teacher sick, Morristown Hospital with sick patients and the Mayor lets bars and revelers spread virus. For all those who malign the weak Trump response, turn your gaze to the lack of leadership in your backyard.