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
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 O'Donnell,
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
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.