St Patrick will be very pleased. The Bergen County St Patrick’s Day Parade is back and stronger than ever. Covid shut it down in 2020 and last year it was virtual. This year is different because the parade is back starting at 2 pm on Sunday.
St Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular celebrations here in Bergen County. Having this parade back is huge for us and marks a strong turn in the direction of normalcy. In addition to it’s popularity, the Bergen County St Patrick’s Day Parade begins the spring season of outdoor events too.
Schedule of Events
Everything happens on Sunday, March 13th. Here’s what happens and when:
- 10 am mass at St Mary’s Church in Dumont (280 Washington Ave)
- 1 pm flag raising at Roy W Brown Middle School in Bergenfield (130 S Washington Ave)
- 2 pm the ST PATRICK PARADE STARTS at E Englewood Ave & S Washington Ave (immediately N of Bergenfield Pizza)
- 4 pm Parade Ends at St. John Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Bergenfield (29 N Washington Ave)
Bergen County’s Irish
You might be surprised to learn that Bergen County’s Irish population is so large. We have 112,000 people of Irish ancestry which computes to 12% of our 955,000 people. They are 4th behind Hispanics (21%), Asians (17%) and Italians (15%) in Bergen County.
Bergenfield was a highly Irish working class town for a lot of it’s history. Demographics have changed and today it is home to a large Filipino population. However, nearly 10% of Bergenfield residents are of Irish heritage today and the Bergen County St Patrick’s Day Parade is always held in town.
Bergen County St Patrick’s Day Parade & Then Dinner
Thousands turn out to watch the Bergen County St Patrick’s Day Parade. It is so much fun. This year is it’s 40th Anniversary. There will be bagpipes, Irish dancers, antique cars, regular marching bands and pipe bands plus all things Irish in the parade.
Once the parade is over, there’s a celebration at the Bergen Irish Association. Located at their cultural center in Dumont (41 Omaha St), you’ll enjoy a traditional Irish dinner, music and dancing for $40 per person. For information about tickets, contact Jozie McGrath at 201-264-4485 or Anne Viru at (551) 486-7053. Since this gets sold out, call them now.
Irish Dining Options
We have several Irish restaurants and pubs right here in Bergen County. Bergenfield has Tommy Fox’s Public House and there’s Lazy Lanigan’s in Hackensack and Biddy O’Malley’s in Northvale, MacMurphy’s in Ridgewood and PJ Finnegan’s in Westwood. There’s also Blarney Station Pub in East Rutherford, Davey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Montvale and Brady’s at the Station in Ramsey.
The last time I was able to write about this parade was in 2019. It’s wonderful to have it back again this year. So come on out Sunday afternoon to see the Bergen County St Patrick’s Day Parade. Follow it up with a terrific Irish dinner too. As I said at first, St Patrick will be very pleased this year.
As you can see from my blog posts, Bergen County has a lot going for it. If you’d like to move here or just want some information call or text me at 201-741-8490