Newton goes green

11th Annual Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade

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  • Marchers from St Josephs Regional School in Newton are led by an unidentified bagpiper.

  • 2014 Grand Marshals Sean McGuire, Father Bill Collins, and Mike McGuire.

  • Parade founders and organizers Dennis Harrington, John and Sue Sullivan, and Mary Harrington.

  • Sussex County Marine Corp League Detachment 747 leads the 2014 St. Patricks Day Parade.

  • Marchers from Immaculate Conception Regional School in Franklin.

  • Marchers from the Hamburg Fire Department wave to the crowd.

  • Members of Wild West City in Byram sit on a fencepost on a float.

  • Members of Awesome Alpaca Adventurers 4H Club lead a group of alpacas down Spring Street.

  • Marchers from Ginnie's House.

  • The Color Guard from Lt Robert A. Madden Post 10152 Ogdensburg VFW.

  • The decorated Hampton Township Fire Dept 48-62 E One "Work Horse."

  • An unidentified girl carries a large Irish flag as she marches along.

  • Folks from Vernon Fire Departments E One truck wave to the crowd.

  • Little Mr. Newton and Little Miss Newton.

  • 2014 Grand Marshals Father Bill Collins the Pastor of St. Jude the Apostle Parish-Hamburg and brothers Mike and Sean McGuire of McGuire Cheverolet arrive at the VIP viewing stand.

  • A local fire fighter dressed as a leprechaun.

  • Lafayette Fire Department 1937 Sanford truck.

The 11th Annual Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade had the luck of the Irish this year as gray skies turned blue.

Despite the cold temperatures, the crowds lined Spring Street in downtown Newton before the event stepped off at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate.

Mark Hontz returned as the event Master of Cermonies as did Newton's Town Crier Bill Joseph to announce the official start of the parade.

This year's Grand Marshals, Father Bill Collins, Pastor of St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Hamburg and brothers Sean and Mike McGuire of McGuire Cheverolet arrived in style while the Morris County Police Pipes and Drums played.

Fire Departments brought their engines and ladder trucks, decorated with shamrocks and Irish flags and local Irish Dance Schools performed along the route. Scout Troops, children from Catholic schools in the area and local politicians marched with pride.

The Sussex County event would not have been complete without the McDonald Family Singers wrapping up the day with song and dance for the audience.

— Photos by Glynnis Jones

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