March 8, 2012 (Kearny, NJ) In October 1973, four clubs: The Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 7, The Irish American Club, The Four Provinces, and The Friends of Erin came together to form the United Irish Association. The first parade organized by this new association was in 1974. The founding members were: John Evans, Bob Reid, Desmond Boomer, Bob Carney, Dennis Smith, Ike O'Hagan, Frank Morgan and Eugene Docherty.

The United Irish Associations of West Hudson, Inc. was established as a non-profit corporation in the State of New Jersey in 1989 in order to perpetuate the work of educating the public about and propagating Irish-American culture. The United Irish Associations of West Hudson is responsible for funding, managing, and presenting the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade through the New Jersey towns of East Newark, Harrison, and Kearny.

The United Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade will start in Harrison along Harrison Avenue and North Frank E. Rodgers Blvd, through East Newark and then up Kearny Avenue in Kearny NJ. The following is the United Irish Associations of West Hudson Inc. 2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade Line of March. The parade kick off is 2 p.m. in Harrison.

Sean McGonigal Memorial Division 1

Assemble at South 3rd Street between Harrison Ave. & Jersey St.

Division Adjutants: Mike Conlon & Jim Miller

Harrison Police Department Vehicle Escort

West Hudson Marine Corps League Color Guard

St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band

Picture of Grand Marshal Larry Bennett.

Grand Marshal The Honorable Laurence Bennett

United Irish President Kevin M. Quinn

Picture of Deputy Grand Marshall Michael O'Donnell.

Deputy Grand Marshal Mr. Michael O’Donnell

Past Parade Honorees

West Hudson Community Leaders (Senators, Freeholders, Mayors, Council Members)

Monsignor Joseph A. Carroll Division 2

Assemble at Jersey St between South 3rd St. and Church Square Division

Adjutants: Pete Blair

Kearny High School Band

Friends of Erin

Military Transport Association of Northern NJ*

KHS Musical “Little Shop of Horrors”

Kearny Police Department Color Guard

Kearny DARE

Monmouth County Police Pipe Band

Harrison FMBA

Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 7

Ardmore Academy of Irish Dance

Miss New Jersey 2011 Katharyn Nicolle

CPR Training Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Chief Thomas J. McLaughlin Memorial Division 3

Assemble South 3rd St. between Jersey and Warren Streets Division Adjutants: Sharon McKeown

Kearny Middle Schools Band

Kearny FMBA (Marchers to 3rd Street, Apparatus to S. Rodgers Blvd)

Shannon Rose Irish Pub & Restaurant

Hudson County Sheriff’s Department

Girl Scouts of Hudson County

Peruvian Civic Association

Scots Club

WCBS 101.1 FM

Great Clips Salon

Thistle Football Club

US Navy Submarine School “Silver Dolphins” Color Corps

Cifelli Association

Kearny Elks #1050

Eileen A. Kenna Memorial Division 4

Assemble at Warren Street between South 3rd St. & F.E.Rodgers Blvd South Division Adjutants: Ellen McGirr Ragtimers band

East Newark Volunteer Fire Department

Kearny United

1940 Mack Fire Engine courtesy of Ace Auto Salvage

Harrison Soundwaves Marching Band Director: Leo DaSilva

Harrison/East Newark Elks 2326

Newark Bears Professional Baseball Team- Mascot Rip’N Ruppert & Newark Bears Dancers

Valley National Bank

ROTC Detachment 490- NJ Institute of Technology

Cub Scout Pack 120

Belleville Irish

92.3 NOW FM Van

Albert Cifelli Memorial Division 5

Assemble at Warren St. between South 3rd St and South 2nd St (Beneath Route 280) Division Adjutants: Bob Millea

Mater Dei Academy Fife & Drum Corps Irish American Association

Kearny Celtic Supporters Club

North Arlington Volunteer First Aid Squad Toy Cars courtesy of Arlington Lawn Mower Newark

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee

Investors Bank, Kearny

Hudson County Police & Fire Pipes & Drums

Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Color Corps of Doane and O’Connor Assemblies Faithful Navigators:

Knights of Columbus Council 402

Knights of Columbus Council 6928 Knights of Columbus Council 3428

Iron Workers Union Motorcycle Club

North Arlington Volunteer Fire Department

Note 3/8/2014: KOTW updated the broken link to the United Irish website and replaced it with the United Irish Facebook page.