Gloucester City, NJ., will host its first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, Mar. 6, 2016, commemorating the 100-year anniversary of The Easter Rising.
On April 24, 1916, Irish Republicans launched a six-day rebellion against British rule in Ireland. Though the insurrection was quickly suppressed and its participants executed by the British army, it birthed the Irish Republic in 1919 which ultimately led to the Irish Free State (now the Republic of Ireland).
Many Gloucester City residents have ties to the Emerald Isle. The city boasts the third-highest population in New Jersey whose residents identify as having Irish ancestry (34.2 percent, according to the 2000 US Federal Census).
A procession of string bands, bagpipers, Irish dancers and grand marshal, the Most Reverend Dennis Sullivan, bishop of Camden County will set off at 1 p.m. from King and Monmouth Sts, heading east to Johnson Blvd.
The parade kicks off a week of Irish themed activities hosted by St. Mary’s Catholic Church.