Sunday, April 14, 2024

Newton’s Annual St. Paddy’s Day Parade Did Not Disappoint

Caught while parading, this cheery marcher welcomed visitors to the Newton Parade. Photo by MB Journe, 03/2024.

A few Irish sayings about Saint Patrick’s Day:

  • “A best friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.”
  • “There are only two kinds of people in the world: The Irish and those who wish they were.”
  • “Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck.”

Saturday, March 16, was a nice day for the Sussex County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Newton. The parade started on Spring Street and finished at Memory Park.

This troop of bagpipers entertained onlookers. Photo by MB Journe, 03/2024.

A fun family-themed event with parade watchers dressed in four-leaf clover sunglasses, St. Paddy’s Day sweatshirts and colorful hats had children dancing to the sound of bagpipers, and family pets mimicking their enthusiastic owners’ costumes.

The parade was sponsored by the Newton Fire Department. Candy flew from the trucks showering the children and some adults with sugary treats. There were colorful floats; one with several years of Sussex County beauty queens. Marching bands, superheroes and leprechauns of every shape and size strolled their way up the street. 

These bigger-than-life leprechauns stole the show. Photo by MB Journe, 03/2024.
A UPS driver, Shannon, said of two popular parades in the area, “I live in Hackettstown and went to that parade last week. I work here in Newton, so I decided to check it out. I’m having a great time. I am glad I came to the parade today.”
A Celtic maiden bedecked in green beads and buttons, this woman enjoyed her time at the parade. Photo by MB Journe, 03/2024.
This Irish man enjoyed himself with his wife. Photo by MB Journe, 03/2024.
Two friends, Ruby and Jennifer, enjoyed the parade. Photo by MB Journe, 03/2024.

There were Irish step dancers, a motorcycle club and custom cars. One doesn’t have to be Irish to enjoy the day. St Paddy’s Day is indeed an enchanted time to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer magic. 

A motorcycle club joins the parade to rev up the festivities. Photo by MB Journe, 03/2024.
A red vintage car was one of many to grace the parade. Photo by MB Journe, 03/2024.
Yelens Choban
MB Journe, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

MB has been a resident of Frelinghuysen for the past 22 years. She lives in an old farmhouse on the side of the road. She enjoys the simple life, puttering in her flower garden, practicing Qi Gong under her redbud tree, or creating art on the deck.
MB's experience as a journalist began when her son was quite young, she began writing for The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle, often bringing him to work with her. Her responsibilities were writing articles with photos, selling ads, and billing. This suited her, as a single mother not wanting to be separated from her small child.

She considers herself a lover of nature, often seen photographing its beauty. She has worked as a seasonal employee of YMCA Camp Mason for the past 17 years. She is a teacher and mentor of children, always emphasizing the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She tries to listen carefully to each individual she interviews, getting their viewpoint. That is why she likes to write about the interesting people and places that make Warren County such a nice place to live.