12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Parade kick-off at 3:30pm

The Hackettstown Business Improvement District is bringing the 12th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade to town, Sunday, March 15, 2020. 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.

To inspire the Irish spirit in all of us, the BID will be honoring the 2020 Grand Marshal, Mr. Joseph “Joe” Barnes of Hacketstown, Ireland, with a gala reception in town. More information about the reception and ticket reservations will be available on hackettstownbid.com.

The parade will kick off at 3:30 pm with Grand Marshal Joe Barnes leading numerous participants including Irish dance groups, Irish bands, community groups, bagpipes, drums, Centenary University clubs and groups, animals, 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 Styleashes. Dress your pets for the chance to win prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places. Judging will be held at Czig Meister Brewing starting at 3pm sharp. Pets will then be invited to walk the parade as St. Patrick and Irish Heritage costume contestants, after judging.

The BID is encouraging floats as part of participation, too. There will be a parade float contest as in past years, in St. Patrick and Irish Heritage theme and open to designers’ creativity. Participants can confirm their floats in their registration form, available on the BID website under Events.

Registration is open for individuals, businesses and other groups to be part of this highly anticipated event.


Be a sponsor for this event! Event, band or other sponsorship opportunities available. Find information below on registration, float contest, and parade route.


Click here to register as a Participant, Vendor, Sponsor, or Volunteer –Floats welcome!
*Link should direct to a Google Form to complete. Please contact BID office immediately if you experience issues accessing the form. Thanks!


Begin in front of Post Office 120 Grand Ave.
Round right corner onto Main Street toward David’s Country Inn
Bear right onto Mountain Ave., march down
End route at Union Cemetery

Approx. distance: .8 mi