Highlands St. Patrick’s Parade
It’s a great day for the Irish
and everyone else

The Highlands Business Partnership is proud to present the 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM. Nearly 100 marching units including bagpipers, marching bands, Irish dancers, and beautifully decorated floats, will line up to march in the fourteenth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The 2017 Grand Marshal is Ken Braswell, ShoreGrafx and Honorary Grand Marshal, Jay Cosgrove, Bahrs Landing Restaurant, which is celebrating it's 100th Anniversary.

Grand Marshal Ken Braswell, ShoreGrafx and Honorary Grand Marshal Jay Cosgrove, Bahrs Landing Restaurant, celebrating 100 years! Ken, originally born in Georgia, moved to Highlands in 1982. He has served on the Highlands Zoning Board for 30 years, the Highlands / Atlantic Highlands Sewer Authority, and the Highlands Elementary School PTO. He currently serves on the Highlands Lions Club, the unified Planning Board and is an outstanding volunteer to the Highlands Business Partnership. Ken is the owner of Shoregrafx, Inc. established in 1991, and provides photography, graphic design, web and print services. HBP is proud to present Ken as our 2017 Grand Marshal. Jay Cosgrove, is the co-owner of Bahrs Restaurant, a family business for 100 years in Highlands. Bahrs attracts over 100,000 visitors to their establishment annually. They employ many Highlands residents and are most charitable to many organizations. They have a scholarship fund for Henry Hudson students who have worked there. Jay serves as the Vice President to the Highlands Business Partnership.

The parade will begin at Huddy Park with hundreds scheduled to march along a one-mile stretch of Bay Avenue. The Highlands Business Partnership will host the annual “Competition of Floats.” All Businesses and/or Organizations in Highlands will be competing in three (3) categories: Best of Show, Prettiest, and the Most Original. In addition, a trophy will be presented for the Best of Apparatus. All fire companies will honor a silent march in tribute to all of our fallen fire fighters.

The parade will feature entertainers along with many marchers representing the military, including the Color Guard. Political, civic, church, environmental, and community organizations represented will include, Congressman Pallone, members of Assembly, County Freeholders, members of local American Legion, VFW posts, fire companies, and first aid rescue units. The local Boy & Girl Scout troops, both celebrating over 100 years of service, will also be participating.

The Henry Hudson Regional Marching Band and Cheerleaders will be performing with over 100 members of the band. The Parade entertainment will include the Monmouth County Police & Fire Pipe & Drums, Ocean County Emerald Society Pipe & Drums, Staten Island Pipes & Drums, Middlesex County Police & Fire Pipes and Drums, Union County Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Pipes & Drums of Old Bridge, Essex County Emerald Society Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, Richmond County Pipe & Drums and the Patrick Torphy Pipe & Drums.

Green balloons and bows will decorate participating businesses along the parade route. A VIP grandstand for dignitaries will be at Veterans Park located on Bay & Shrewsbury Avenues. There, the marchers and bands will make a brief stop at the Grand Viewing Stand to be recognized. Don’t miss the lucky winner of the Highlands Business Partnership’s “Lucky Pot of Gold” 50/50 Raffle. The drawing will be held at 140 Bay Avenue on Sunday, March 19th at 3:00PM, and the winner need not be present. Please support the non-profit Highlands Business Partnership and purchase a 50/50 ticket. All proceeds “pay the pipers.” Parade-goers can be sure to receive free giveaways thrown from the many floats competing in the parade. If you have not had enough pipes and drums, be sure to visit one of Highlands’s many restaurants where a band will be performing.

This parade is made possible by the Highlands Business Partnership and its generous sponsors: TriBar Services, Shore Point Distributing Company, Hufnagel Tree Experts, T&M Associates, Montecalvo, Comcast and 95.9 WRAT Rat Radio. For additional information, call 732.291.4713.

2017 Grand Marshal
Ken Braswell, ShoreGrafx
Jay Cosgrove, Bahrs Landing Restaurant

2016 Grand Marshal
Joan Wicklund and
Rosemary Ryan.

2015 Grand Marshal
Daniel Shields and
Robert Higgins owners of
Windansea Restaurant.

2014 Grand Marshal
Henry Moyer and Nick DiBari
owners of
Off the Hook Restaurant.

2013 Grand Marshal
Rebecca Kane
Council President/Firefighter and
Deputy Grand Marshal
David “Bear” Parker
Office of Emergency Management Coordinator

2012 Grand Marshal
Helen Soyka and
Deputy Grand Marshal
Mary Ann Soyka
Resident & Business Owner

2011 Grand Marshal
Douglas Douty
Highlands Business Owner
Lusty Lobster Seafood Co.
Celebrating 30 Years

2010 Grand Marshal
Mrs. Dorothy Kovic
Resident & Business Owner

2009 Grand Marshal
Mr. Doug Lentz
Co- owner of the Inlet Café

2008 Grand Marshal
Mr. Jim Filip
owner/operator of
Doris & Ed's Restaurant

2007 Grand Marshal
Raymond Cosgrove
Highlands Business Owner
Bahrs Restaurant & Marina
Celebrating 90 years

2007 Deputy Grand Marshal
Freeholder Anna C. Little ESQ.
Highlands Resident and
Business Owner

2006 Grand Marshal
Highlands Councilman
Frank Lynch Nolan

2005 Grand Marshal
Highlands Chief Of Police
Joseph R. Blewett

2004 Grand Marshal
Highlands Councilman
John Urbanski

2003 Grand Marshal
Highlands Mayor
Richard O'Neil

 

 

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