3rd Annual Robbinsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Award Winners Announced
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – The 3rd Annual Robbinsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade, sponsored by the Robbinsville Irish Heritage Association (RIHA), was held on Saturday, March 24 in Robbinsville Township. It was a special day filled with community pride, music and fun.
The parade kicked off with opening ceremonies in front of the Robbinsville Township offices as attending dignitaries from the state, county and municipal levels, and parade spectators listened to Kaeleigh Sturgeon and Molly Doran sing the Irish and American national anthems to great acclaim.
The parade was led by 2012 Grand Marshal Mike McGeough, President of the Dubh Linn Square Pub Group, and Cathy "Casey'' Zahn, the 2012 Irish Person of the Year. Marching units from Robbinsville High School, five area bagpipe bands, live music floats, and various community organizations helped boost the line of march for 2011 to a record 76 units.
After the parade, a party was held on the grounds of Ernie’s Tavern in Robbinsville. The attending crowd was treated to great food from Glenn’s Grillin’ and Chillin’ and Santino’s Ristorante, and live entertainment from Clancy’s Pistol and a massed band performance by the Trenton AOH Pipe Band along with the Pipes and Drums of Barnegat Bay.
At the party, the 2012 parade award winners were announced. This year awards were given out in 8 different categories:
- Most Creative Adult Group - Mercer County Sunshine Foundation
- Best Musical Expression – Robbinsville High School Marching Band
- Best Civic Group – Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard
- Most Creative Youth Group – Girl Scout Troop 72026
- Best Banner – Robbinsville Boy Scout Troop 79
- Best Attire – Rince O' Chroi
- Best Theme – In The Field Irish Dancers
- Best Pipe Band – Trenton AOH Div 1 Pipe Band
RIHA’s purpose is to foster an understanding and appreciation of Irish cultural values and heritage, and to be the nexus for cultural events and activities for Robbinsville Township. The organization also promotes and brings together all good things about Ireland. In addition, they support and promote local charitable activities within our local community, county and state.
For information about RIHA, visit www.robbinsvilleirish.org or call 609.529.6611.
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John Sturgeon, VP, Communications
Robbinsville Irish Heritage Association (RIHA)