Historic Belmar St. Patrick’s Day parade celebrates 50 years

Belmar's St. Patrick’s Day parade has grown into what organizers call the largest parade in the state.

News 12 Staff

Mar 1, 2023, 12:53 PM

Updated 410 days ago

Share:

This weekend kicks off the start to parade season and one of the biggest and most historic in the state takes place in Belmar. The Belmar Lake Como St. Patrick's Day Parade is celebrating 50 years this year.
The parade lasts hours as crowds usually top 50,000, lining Main Street from Lake Como all the way north to 6th Avenue in celebration of Irish heritage. More than 7000 marchers and 100,000 spectators are expected to line the parade route.
The parade began back in 1974 – as a small event geared towards attracting people to the Shore community during the offseason. Now, the parade has grown into what organizers call the largest parade in the state.
This year, the parade will break recent tradition of hosting co-grand marshals. Longtime parade associate and chairman Chip Cavanaugh will serve as the singular grand marshal to recognize his decades of service. Pipe and marching bands from all over the state will fill the town with music along with much more.
The parade steps off around 12:30 p.m. by the lake and works its way north along Main Street to Sixth Avenue.


More from News 12
2:37
Tax Day 2024 deals at Krispy Kreme, Grubhub, Dave & Busters

Tax Day 2024 deals at Krispy Kreme, Grubhub, Dave & Busters

1:43
Mostly sunny in New Jersey with highs near 80; thunderstorms tonight in Ocean County

Mostly sunny in New Jersey with highs near 80; thunderstorms tonight in Ocean County

2:20
New Jersey synagogues on high alert after Iran attacks Israel

New Jersey synagogues on high alert after Iran attacks Israel

0:28
NJ man sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for 2023 sexual assault, kidnapping at Farleigh Dickinson University

NJ man sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for 2023 sexual assault, kidnapping at Farleigh Dickinson University

0:38
Ridgewood's Scottie Scheffler unstoppable and wins another Masters green jacket

Ridgewood's Scottie Scheffler unstoppable and wins another Masters green jacket

1:47
Food labels can sometimes be misleading. Kane In Your Corner explains what to look out for.

Food labels can sometimes be misleading. Kane In Your Corner explains what to look out for.

0:28
New Jersey Turnpike Authority warns users of text message scam

New Jersey Turnpike Authority warns users of text message scam

0:29
Travel advisory: Lane closures planned this week at many bridge, tunnel crossings in and out of New Jersey

Travel advisory: Lane closures planned this week at many bridge, tunnel crossings in and out of New Jersey

0:22
Passaic Valley Water Commission to begin annual hydrant flushing today

Passaic Valley Water Commission to begin annual hydrant flushing today

2:33
Made In New Jersey: Unionwear in Newark makes clothes for union members nationwide

Made In New Jersey: Unionwear in Newark makes clothes for union members nationwide

4:39
Guide: Ways to help you identify and deal with work burnout

Guide: Ways to help you identify and deal with work burnout

1:21
NJ residents who have family in Israel worried over their safety amid Iran's attack on Middle Eastern country

NJ residents who have family in Israel worried over their safety amid Iran's attack on Middle Eastern country

0:19
Police: 3 injured in Paterson shooting

Police: 3 injured in Paterson shooting

0:28
Israel is quiet on next steps against Iran — and on which partners helped shoot down missiles

Israel is quiet on next steps against Iran — and on which partners helped shoot down missiles

0:21
Police: Suspect arrested for fatally shooting man in Trenton

Police: Suspect arrested for fatally shooting man in Trenton

0:25
Police: Man who punched 9-year-old girl at Grand Central Terminal arrested

Police: Man who punched 9-year-old girl at Grand Central Terminal arrested

0:44
NJ Attorney General announces heightened safety measures amid tensions in Middle East

NJ Attorney General announces heightened safety measures amid tensions in Middle East

2:36
'She was the glue.' Loved ones call for justice for Passaic woman killed in hit-and-run

'She was the glue.' Loved ones call for justice for Passaic woman killed in hit-and-run

0:32
Prosecutors: Howell woman indicted in Monmouth County crash that killed 3-year-old

Prosecutors: Howell woman indicted in Monmouth County crash that killed 3-year-old

2:04
CDC: Most women do not get a mammogram because of financial difficulties

CDC: Most women do not get a mammogram because of financial difficulties