The 2016 Parade will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016
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
2016 General Chairwoman
Kerry E. Ricci
Kerry Ricci marched in the very first Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1997 along with members
of the Center for Hope Hospice in memory of Grand Marshal Fr. Charles Hudson. She was blessed to call
him a friend and joined the Parade Committee in 2005 in his honor. She has served as Recording Secretary,
Vice Chairwoman, and as the 2012 Parade Adjutant.
Kerry is the daughter of David and Mary Schardien and was raised in Union with her three older siblings
– Mary Catherine, Kathleen, and Albert. Her husband Michael is a Detective in the Hillside Police Department.
They reside in Scotch Plains with their three children – Kyle, Caroline, and Megan. Following the example
of their own parents, Kerry and Michael work hard to instill their Catholic faith and pride in their
Irish heritage in their own children. Kerry also has 15 nieces and nephews, all of whom come out to enjoy
the parade every year.
A Union County girl at heart, Kerry graduated from Holy Spirit School in Union and Roselle Catholic High School
in Roselle. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Fairfield University in Connecticut where she was awarded the
William J. Kramer Humanitarian Award. Following graduation, she spent two years in Southern California serving
in the Jesuit Volunteer Corp where her job placement was in Orange County Juvenile Detention. She later earned
her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. She is a Licensed Social Worker and is Board
Certified by the Association of Oncology Social Work.
Kerry is a Social Worker at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Medical Center in Summit where she
received a Clinical Excellence Award in 2014. She provides counseling services to oncology patients and their
families and specializes in working with young patients who have children and teenagers. She educates parents
on how to talk to their kids about cancer as well as providing individual and group counseling for children.
She also facilitates a breast cancer support group and teaches a pre-surgery class for women about to undergo
breast cancer surgery. In addition, Kerry works as a Consultant for the Cancer Support Community of Central
New Jersey in Bedminster. She runs support groups for children whose parents have cancer and has helped pilot
their school-based cancer support group at Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School and will be expanding the
program to include Hunterdon Central High School in September 2015. Kerry has presented at various conferences
throughout the state on the topic of children and cancer.
For the past 22 years, Kerry has been a volunteer at Camp Fatima of New Jersey, the state’s only all-volunteer
one-to-one overnight camp for children with disabilities. She is a volunteer coach with the Scotch Plains
Fanwood Youth Baseball League and a parent volunteer at St. Theresa School in Kenilworth. She is a parishioner
at St. Theresa Church and a member of the Joseph Nugent, Sr. Association and the Irish American Society of
Kerry is honored to be the General Chairwoman of the 20th Annual Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
As a mom, she is thrilled that the committee strives to be a family-oriented parade which will help to
strengthen our Irish heritage for generations to come.
The 2016, Twentieth Anniversary,
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Is Dedicated to
The Children of Irish Heritage
Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
2016 Grand Marshal
The 2016 Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee proudly announces that Frank McGovern of Cranford
has been named Grand Marshal of the 20th Annual Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.
McGovern has been involved with the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade for more than 17 years, serving as the
parade’s 2005 General Chairman.
“It’s an honor to be considered by my peers for this role,” McGovern said. “I am excited to be a part of this parade
and all that it stands for year after year. This parade is about tradition and family.”
McGovern has also served the parade as Chairman of the Investiture Mass and Parade Day Mass, Financial Secretary,
Chairman of the St. Patrick's Honor Guard, Parade Announcer, and most recently Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
“Frank has done so much for both the parade and for the community,” said Parade General Chairperson Kerry Ricci.
“We are so proud to have him lead us as this year’s Grand Marshal.”
In addition to his duties with the parade committee, McGovern has served as President and Trustee of the Friendly
Sons of St. Patrick of Union County and sits on the Board of Trustees Center for Hope Hospice and on Saint John
the Apostle Church Trustees and Finance Committee. He is also a member of the St. John's Social Concerns and
Capital Campaign Committees and a volunteer at Overlook Hospital in Summit.
The Grand Marshal traces his Irish roots to County Cavan via County Cork, and Counties Kerry and West Meath.
McGovern, the General Manager of Power Delivery and Infrastructure for Electrical Consultants Inc. in Cranford,
has been married to the former Eileen Whalen since 1981.
They have four children: Megan Ann of Burlington Massachusetts who is married to Mike Reny, Kelly Elizabeth of Cranford
who is married to Ed Feeley, Brigid Kathleen of Hoboken and Frank Patrick of Annapolis, Maryland. Their grandchildren are
Brendan and newly arrived granddaughter Lauren Eileen.
McGovern will be officially installed as Grand Marshal on Saturday, February 20 at 2:30 p.m. during the parade committee’s
annual Investiture Mass at St. Theresa’s Church located at 541 Washington Avenue, Kenilworth, NJ.
A reception for the Grand Marshal will follow at the Kenilworth Veterans Center located at 33 South 21st Street, Kenilworth, NJ.