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Hackettstown’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is this Sunday, police issue traffic advisory

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – The Hackettstown Business Improvement District invites residents to enjoy a day of music, food and dancing all with Irish flare this Sunday, March 12 for the 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

This Irish-American tradition attracts more than 14,000 visitors making this parade one of the biggest events in Hackettstown. Streets fill with enthusiasm as families, residents and visitors line up along the curb, in store windows and porches to celebrate and witness the festive parade.

The parade will kick off at 3:30 p.m. with Grand Marshal Mr. Robert “Bob” Moore leading numerous participants including Irish dance groups, Irish bands, community groups, bagpipes and drums, Centenary University and Hackettstown High School teams and clubs, Hackettstown and surrounding area fire departments and rescue squads, as well as hometown favorites Junior and Senior Colonial Musketeers and the Hackettstown Community Band.

This parade is pet-friendly, with a special pet costume contest sponsored by Doggie Styleash. Dress your pets for the chance to win prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places. Judging will be held at Czig Meister Brewing, located at 106 Valentine St. Pets will then be invited to walk the parade as St. Patrick and Irish Heritage costume contestants after judging.

Hackettstown Police issued a traffic advisory for the day of the parade, advising visitors that Route 46 (Main St) between Liberty St and Warren St, Route 182 (Mountain Ave) between Route 46 (Main St) and Victoria Lane also Route 517 (High St) between Route 46 (Main St) and Franklin St will be closed at around 3:15 p.m.

Several side streets leading to the parade route will be closed starting at around 2:00 p.m., police said.

Police officers will be on scene directing traffic around the road closure.

There will also be no parking/tow away zones on the following streets beginning at 2:00 p.m.:

  • Route 46 (Main Street )between Grand Avenue and Warren Street.
  • Washington Street between Church Street and Valentine Street.
  • Franklin Street between Liberty Street and Route 517 (High Street).
  • Liberty Street between Route 46 and Franklin Street.
  • Valentine Street between Route 46 (Main Street) and Beatty Street.
  • Washington Street between Warren St and Bells Lane.
  • Victoria Lane between Route 182 (Mountain Avenue) and Mitchell Road.
  • Bells Lane between Route 182 (Mountain Avenue) and Washington Street.

Any vehicles parked in any of those areas will be ticketed and towed, police said.

Parking is available in any of the municipal parking lots and on many side streets, police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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