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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

 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 29 years.  He also has worked in local cable television for nearly 22 years, having spent the last 8 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,  the Union County Emerald Society, 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, Sheriff 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

2015  Grand  Marshal

 Dr. Margaret Mary McMenamin

     Dr. Margaret Mary McMenamin is the President of Union County College, the 1st of New Jersey’s 19 community colleges, founded in 1933.  She was born in New York City, the third of six children of the late Hugh A. McMenamin and Elizabeth McMenamin with whom she now resides.

    Dr. McMenamin traces her family’s history to the farmlands of Ireland, to Counties Sligo, Mayo and Donegal, and ancestors named ODonnell, Shovlin, Conaghan, McGinley, Mahon, Ferry, Finen, Jennings, McFadyen, Larkin, and McMenamin. Their descendants sailed to America in the 1800’s, searching for a better life, and settled in northeastern Pennsylvania. They lived in places like Scranton, South Heberton, Freeland, and Jeddo. They worked in mines and railroads, and reared loving families.

    The courage and tenacity of these men and women, coupled with their appreciation for the value of education, enabled and inspired their progeny to pursue higher education in Philadelphia, New York, New Haven, Toronto, Rome, and South Bend, Indiana. They served our country, and they flourished in dentistry, pharmacy, business, law, journalism, information technology, comedy, social work, religious life, and, of course, education. Dr. McMenamin’s extended family includes at least a dozen gifted educators, who have taught everywhere from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and Newark, New Jersey, to the suburbs of Boston, and the FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia.

    More than a few of those educators, devout Catholics, offered their gifts to the Church. Four of Dr. McMenamin’s aunts taught school as members of the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her uncle, a member of the Religious Order of Passionist Priests, lectured widely.  Her great great uncle was Monsignor Hugh L. McMenamin, the Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado.

    Dr. McMenamin’s mother, Elizabeth McMenamin, a 1938 graduate of Barnard College in New York, writer, grandmother, and unofficial “Prez-Mum” of Union County College, taught high school English. Perhaps the only true non-teacher in the entire family was Dr. McMenamin’s father, Hugh A. McMenamin, who once boasted, “I couldn’t teach a kid to lick a lollipop.” He taught Dr. McMenamin and her siblings the most important lessons of all: the meaning of unconditional love. He was a World War II Army veteran, and a civil servant with the U.S. Department of Defense, who retired from Fort Monmouth in the early 1980s. He lives on in the heart of everyone who knew him.

    Dr. McMenamin grew up in Ocean County, attended Temple University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She earned a Master of Science from the University of Scranton and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. Dr. McMenamin has served as an adjunct professor of education at Rowan University and is a Commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges’ President's Academy Executive Committee, International Commission for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, the National Junior College Athletic Association Board, and the Temple University College of Health Professions Board of Visitors.  Dr. McMenamin is involved with numerous community organizations, including the Boards of Trinitas Hospital, Union County Performing Arts Center, UCEDC, EDC, Union County Crime Stoppers, Union County Workforce Investment Board, and Union County Alliance.

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