Thank you to everyone for making our 7th Annual Parade a special event for Robbinsville!
On Saturday, March 19th, The Robbinsville Irish Heritage Association (RIHA), in conjunction with our township officials, orchestrated the 7th Annual Robbinsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Many marchers, floats, musicians, dancers, vehicles, paws and hooves wound their way through the town center neighborhoods on a day that offered characteristic Irish weather. Leading the charge were some great people - the members of BAPS, our Grand Marshal and Irish Person of the Year, Mike Langford.
The parade theme, “Service to Others” was evident throughout the day with displays of camaraderie and kindness. Irish-Americans, Indian-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and people of all nationalities and faiths marched through our town center neighborhoods with pep in their step.
Spectators were treated to a broad range of entertainment including 7 pipe bands, current and retired servicemen and servicewomen, shiny classic and new cars, student-athletes, ministries, the RHS Raven Regiment Marching Band, a mobile pizzeria, and a dozen smartly festooned horses.
Fun was had by all and we are truly blessed by the dedication, talent and sacrifice on display from the RIHA parade committee, our dapper emcee, TJ Maccagnan,
reviewing stand judges, national anthem singers, and the yeoman’s work done by Sean Brennan and our parade marshals.
A special thank you to our township Business Administrator, Joy Tozzi, Joe Barker and Kevin Holt from our Parks and Recreation Department, Dino Colarocco and the Department of Public Works, John Nalbone, our Communications and Public Information Officer and the Robbinsville Police Department.
We are also reminded that Robbinsville Mayor, Dave Fried continues to amaze as he sets the tone for our community - he and our town council are persistent in their recognition and support of the best interests of our citizens. RIHA has the good fortune to work closely with our township officials
and our commitments and relationships continue to grow.
In addition, Investors Bank and Ritchie and Page maintain their support of the post parade gathering at St. Greg’s Ferrante Hall and Centro Grille catering service provided the tasty warm and cold refreshments at the hall. Our friends at the Foxmoor Shopping Center opened their doors to those in
the mustering areas and all-around great guy, Jim Barbour of FunniBonz made sure our soldiers were fed as the kids interacted with them/their vehicles after the parade. The fine people from Windsor Farms continue to share their wagons and Hamilton Honda provide the trucks to pull the floats.
We hope you enjoyed the day, join us as we recognize those that make it happen and identify with the notion of inclusivity and community.
Finally, we would like to congratulate the following recipients of the 7th Annual Robbinsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade trophies. Listed are the categories and award winners:
Best Civic Group – St. Gregory the Great
Best Dance Group – Rince O’ Chroi School of Irish Dance
Best Musical Expression – Freedom Brass
Best Theme – Horseman’s Association of Millstone Township
Best Youth Group – Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey
Best Banner – GS Troop #70813
Best Float – Lifetree Community Church
Best Pipe Band – Trenton AOH Pipe Band
Home Decorating Contest – 43 Newtown Blvd, Kelly W. and family.
Please mark your calendar for the 8th Annual Robbinsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 18, 2017.
In the interim, please feel free to share your feedback regarding the parade. It’s how we get better.
Robbinsville Irish Heritage Organization (RIHA)