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Saint Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band.

The 2015 Parade will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015
9:00 am - The Thornstick Mass in conjunction with the Elizabeth A.O.H.
St. Patrick's Church, Elizabeth
A welcoming reception in the church hall after Mass
12:00 Noon - Reviewing Stand Festivities
Morris & Stuyvesant Avenues in Union

The "Kid's Zone" fun for all ages --- Stuyvesant Ave.(just off Morris Ave.)

1:00 PM Sharp - The Parade begins
The Marching units gather at Morris Avenue and along Commerce and Jeanette Avenues,
the parade route proceeds east along Morris Avenue to a turn at the Main Reviewing Stand
at Stuyvesant Ave. and ends at Roosevelt Avenue

Midway Reviewing Stand
Morris and Caldwell Avenues in Union
Parade Announcers with Details of all of the Participants!
History and Information!
A great place to watch the parade!

Click here for the 2014 Line of March.

Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade

2015 General Chairman

Anthony J. Brennan

                Tony Brennan has been a member of the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade since 1999.  He has served as Second Vice Chairman and First Vice Chairman.  But Tony is best known as the “Voice” of the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, having served as the Parade’s lead television announcer since just about its inception.  He has a passion about promoting the Parade wherever he goes all throughout the year.   

                Tony is the son of the late Anthony J. Brennan and Florence Brennan.  He has a brother, Paul, and two nephews; Paul Jr. and Jeffrey, and a niece, Alyssa.  Tony has two godsons; Mark Thomas Squitieri and Jack Kulesza.  He hails from a family proud of its long tradition of police work and public service to the residents of New Jersey, with a combined 250+ years in 4 generations.  The memory of his late cousin, New Jersey State Trooper Thomas Hanratty, has been kept alive each year at the Parade by active participation from the State Police.

                Tony has worked for the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Affairs, as an investigator for over 28 years.  He also has worked in local cable television for over 21 years, having spent the last 7 as a part of the staff of Union TV 34.  In that capacity, he has done numerous stories which have aired on the weekly community news magazine show, “Spotlight on Union.”  Tony also hosts the telecast of the Township of Union’s Annual Soapbox Derby.  He has been the emcee of the Annual Mayor’s Day Program in the Township.  Additionally, Tony is the host of “Vintage Views,” the Union County cable television program devoted to senior issues. 

                Tony is a proud parishioner of St. Genevieve’s Church in Elizabeth, where he serves as an usher and Eucharistic Minister.  He is a long-time member of the Kean University Alumni Association, where he served as Kean’s Alumni President from mid-2001 through mid-2005.  Tony is also a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Elizabeth Knights of Columbus Council 253, Union Elks Lodge 1583, the Joseph Nugent Sr. Association,  and the Irish American Society of Union, which honored him and 2014 Parade General Chair Kathy Noonan, in 2013.

                Tony loves his summers cruising on the waters of Barnegat Bay in his boat and spending time at his marina in Brick, NJ, where he is affectionately called “The Mayor of Baywood Marina.”   He also enjoys spending time on Long Beach Island with his best friend, Donna Giovannetti. 

                The long standing “Voice” of the Parade is excited about the 19th Annual Parade and also is honored to have been unanimously elected General Chairman by the Parade Committee.  “To be able to continue a wonderful tradition which began with our first General Chairman, Assemblyman Joe Cryan in 1997 and continues in 2015 is one of the greatest honors of my life.  Working with all of the members of the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, we will do our best to put on another fantastic parade that everyone will not only thoroughly enjoy, but also be proud of!”

The 2015 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
is dedicated to those in the public sector
 who make a difference for the better for others.
The everyday and unsung heroes. 

Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade

2014  Grand  Marshal

 Robert E. (Bobby) Jeans, Sr.

Bobby Jeans.

Robert E. Jeans, Sr. was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 28, 1949 to the late William and Emma Jeans. He traces his Irish Ancestry on his mother’s side (McTague) and his father’s side (Jeans, Connelly) to County Cork. Bobby has four brothers, William, Richard, George, and John, and three sisters Jo-Ann Perry, Karen Mesler and Mary Clements. Bobby Jeans, as he is known to all, graduated from Brearley High School in Kenilworth in 1968.

After graduating from high school, Bobby served in the United States Army from 1968-1974.  He served in Vietnam from 1969-1970. Bobby was honored with numerous awards and citations as a Sergeant in the 23 Infantry Division (Americal), 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 31st Regiment. He received the Purple Heart, 2 Bronze Stars, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Ribbon, Presidential Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, NJ Vietnam Service Medal, and the NJ Distinguished Service Medal.

Upon leaving the Army, Bobby joined the Kenilworth Police Department, where he served from 1972-2000.  He had a distinguished career in his service with Kenilworth’s Finest.  While on the department, he served as PBA Local 135 President from 1978-1988. Bobby is a Silver Life Card Recipient, and retired from the force as a Lieutenant in the Patrol Division. He was also owner of R. Jeans Landscaping from 1976-1983.

Bobby married Lenore J. Morrison in 1972 at St. Theresa’s Church in Kenilworth, where they are still active members of the parish community.  Bobby and Lenore have a son, Robert, Jr., who is married to Kristen. Their grandchildren by son Robert are granddaughters McKenna and Emerson and grandson Declan. They also have a daughter Stacie who teaches 4th grade in the Kenilworth School District.

Bobby was an active member of the Kenilworth community, elected to serve two terms on the Union County Board of Education, and elected to serve one term on Kenilworth Board of Education. He began the Kenilworth Wrestling Program in 1970 and continued coaching until 1982.  He is also a Charter Member of the Union County Junior Wrestling League.  Bobby was very instrumental in the Save Our School Campaign to reopen David Brearley High School as Kenilworth’s own high school after the closing of the school.  He was recently named to the David Brearley Hall of Fame in October 2013.

His devotion to the Veterans is remarkable. He has been a member of VFW Post 2230 since 1970. He served as District 5 Commander from 03-04, 08-09, 09-10, 10-11, 12-13, 13-14.  He is a Life Member of the American Legion Kenilworth Post 470, a Life Member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Westfield Chapter 688.

Bobby is a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Kenilworth Council 4168 since 1971. He is a member of the Emerald Society of Union County and the Nugent Association.  He was honored by the Nugent Association with the Nugent’s Finest-Jack O’Connor Award in 2012.

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