Delayed by snow, N.J.'s oldest St. Patrick's Day parade to mark 82nd year

NEWARK — Organizers of Newark’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade say it’s not just the oldest celebration in the state – it’s also the best. 

“A high concentration of Irish-American immigrants first settled in Newark,” said Michael Byrne, chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. “As they continued to spread out throughout the state, parades were established in other communities. But Newark’s parade is the original and is still the best.”

This year, the late season nor’easter forced organizers to delay the 82nd annual parade by a week. It will now start at 1 p.m. Friday. The committee …read more

Source: Essex

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