SOUTH AMBOY — The 2012 South Amboy St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals’ Night will be held on Friday, Feb. 3, from 7-10 p.m., at St. Mary’s Hall, Stevens Avenue and Second Street, South Amboy.
Advance tickets can be purchased at South Amboy Foodtown, Main Street Liquors, and the AOH Hall on Stevens Avenue in South Amboy. Cost for advance tickets is $25 per person. Tickets are also available at the door for $30. Cost includes beer, wine, soda, and food with a performance by the award-winning Col. DB Kelly Pipes and Drums.
The 2012 parade committee has selected Rob McQuade as the parade Grand Marshal. A longtime area resident, son of Mary and John McQuade, McQuade grew up in Parlin and is a graduate of St. Mary’s Elementary School, St. Mary’s High School, (now Cardinal McCarrick) and Rutgers University. When his wife Donna was pregnant with the second of their two sons, Rob suffered a broken neck which has left him a quadriplegic. That has not stopped him from living a rich and fulfilling life. He is an inspiration to his family and everyone he meets. An active member of the Old Bridge chapter of the Friendly Sons of Shillelagh, McQuade has been a loyal spectator of the South Amboy St. Patrick’s Day Parade for many years.
Ed O’Connor, a lifetime South Amboy, son of Alfie and Maureen O’Connor, will serve as Deputy Grand Marshal. He is also a graduate of St. Mary’s Elementary and High Schools, a graduate of Montclair State College, and is Commissioner of the South Amboy Housing Authority. Ed and his wife Anna Mae are the proud parents of three fine sons, Daniel, Luke and Jack. Ed is a past president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He is a member of the St. Mary’s / Cardinal McCarrick Hall of Fame committee and he has coached for St. Mary’s CYO and South Amboy Recreation programs.
Owner of Main Liquors in South Amboy, Harshey Patel has been named the 2012 Honorary Grand Marshal. Son of Harivadan and Ranjan Patel, he and his brother Sandeep were born and raised in Bombay, India. From there, Harshey moved to Parlin. He opened Main Liquors twenty-one years ago. He is a member of the Asian American Retailer Association and a longstanding contributor to the South Amboy community. Harshey currently resides in Westfield with his wife, Rita and two sons, Arjun and Parth.
This year’s South Amboy Saint Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, with a rain date scheduled for March 24. Along with numerous marching bands, there will be floats and thousands of marchers. As in years past, the parade promises fun and excitement for all ages, celebrating South Amboy’s rich Irish heritage, and of course St. Patrick’s Day.
If you have a group interested in being a part of this tradition or for additional information, visit the South Amboy St. Patrick’s Day Parade website at southamboyparade.com or contact the parade committee chairperson, Betty Sturgis at 1-732-261-7350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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