By any measure, Guttenberg’s second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Party was a tremendous success. Bagpipers and a police color guard led the parade, with Mayor Zitt and the town council marching alongside honored dignitaries including State Senator Nicholas Sacco, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez, Hudson County Schools of Technology Board Secretary Joseph Muniz, and many more.
Behind them marched a swarm of residents and public servants, followed by vehicles from the town, North Hudson Regional Fire Department, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, and other agencies.
The parade began at 68th Street and Madison Street at a little past 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 and zigzagged through the streets of town, greeting bystanders and kids waving and taking videos from sidewalks and hanging out of windows.
The party really got started once it hit Park Avenue, where a stage was set up outside Wild Rover Pub near 71st Street. Mayor Zitt got things rolling by introducing the parade’s grand marshal, popular 74-year-old Guttenberg resident Thomasena Fantry, and Guttenberg Businessman of the Year Sean Kerrigan, owner of the Wild Rover.
At times it seemed like every resident of Guttenberg and their extended families were packed inside the pub, sharing the complimentary corned beef and cabbage and enjoying themselves. Meanwhile the street outside was nearly as crowded with revelers in green getting their Irish on, to the celebratory sounds of local band Finish This.