History of the

St. Patrick's Day Parade

The members of the Order of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh have always been a group to march in a parade a minute’s notice. Our first parade, in Newark, NJ in 1964, had approximately 150 men in top hat and tails. In subsequent years, we were proud to put out 400 to 450 men on the street in Newark, New York City, Jersey City, and Dublin Ireland.

When we first started to march it was necessary to hire a pipe band to lead us on St. Patrick’s Day. At first we used the Pipes and Drums from the City of New York Fire Department Emerald Society and later the Emerald Society Band of the Newark Police Department. In 1968, our own band was formed and they have lead us ever since.

We needed some many top hat and tails that it became difficult to outfit such a large group. We then adopted the Club Blazer and beret which has become well known and recognized in Irish Circles throughout the Tri-State region.

We have had many adjutants throughout the years for each and every parade. It is their job to set up buses, flowers and schedule mass on parade mornings. Our first St. Patrick’s Day Parade Adjutant was Harry Amerin


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