West Orange St. Patrick's Day parade returns after 2-year pandemic pause

West Orange hosted its St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday after taking a two-year pandemic pause.
The event started on Main Street and brought out residents decked out with Irish flags and Irish pride.
Residents lined the parade route and braved the cold to watch all the groups make their way through downtown.
Mike Jean of West Orange said, "After two years of being inside, we're back! We're alive!"
"This year, we're finally back, we're able to do this and we're really celebrating our honorees and what they do to the community," said Kevin Brennan, the West Orange St. Patrick's Day parade chair.
The day was kicked off with a Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes complete with bagpipers.
Parade Grand Marshall Mellen Dangler said, "We finally get the chance to get out there and celebrate our Irish heritage, our faith and just join the community once again."