Jersey City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade’s recent origins

When Frank Hague was mayor, there wasn’t a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Jersey City. For the super patriot Hague, the Americanization Day parade was the important official celebration.

Jersey City held the first official St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1963. The parade committee (meeting at the Bergen Bar) couldn’t agree on a local personage to serve as grand marshal. The inspired compromise was to “call Dublin police headquarters, making it person-to-person to any policeman named Patrick.” “[I]n Dublin Castle, Garda Patrick J. Kenny answered (the phone) and accepted an invitation by the Jersey City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee to lead its march on Sunday, March 17, 1963.”

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