by Diane Norek Harrison
SOUTH AMBOY-The city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held on March 14. Grand Marshal John Donnelly rode the parade route with his family. Deputy Grand Marshal Thomas Noble marched in the parade with his family.
Gov. Jon Corzine marched with South Amboy Mayor John T. O’Leary and city council members in the parade.
The Col. David B. Kelly Ancient Order of Hibernians Division One and their Pipe and Drum Band, along with the South Amboy Irish American Association marched proudly in their hometown. The Pete Kenny Association had their float which carried Irish Queen Megan Brown, Irish Princess Victoria Lavigne and the Jr. Irish Princess McKenna Noble.
Sayreville/South Amboy’s own Melrose Blackhawks Senior Drum & Bugle Corps. celebrated their 30th anniversary. The parade had many Central Jersey High School bands, lots of bagpipes, scout troops, school and church groups, organizations and lots more to thrill parade watchers for over 90 minutes.