BELMAR — The Belmar Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade is returning for its 50th year at noon on Sunday and excited organizers are expecting a big turnout for this second parade since the lifting of most COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
“We are projecting a number of 150,000 to 200,000 attendees this year,” said Grand Marshal Eugene Joseph “Chip” Cavanaugh, who was unanimously elected to be the sole grand marshal for 2023.
The parade will start at 12 p.m. Sunday at Main Street and the lake in Lake Como and march past Seventh Avenue, ending between blocks six and seven in Belmar.
Parking is available at the Belmar Manutti Marina. There is also a parking lot behind Pyanoe Plaza and along the side streets in Belmar. Main Street closes at 8 a.m. during the day so participants are advised to enter via Ocean Avenue in Spring Lake and Avon.
Attendees coming from the north may take the NJ Turnpike South to Garden State Parkway South, to exit 98. Take 138 east to end. Stay left on Route. 35 North. From the south, may take the NJ Turnpike North to 195 East, Take 195 East to end. Stay left on Route 35 North. From the West, may take 295 to 195 East, Take 195 East to end. Stay left on Route 35 North. From Route 35 north, may walk about 1 mile to Belmar Marina, Park in Marina.
PARADE WILL BE LIVESTREAMED
If you can’t attend the parade in person, you can stream the parade live for free on YouTube.
This year, the parade committee has partnered with Hahnfilms.com to create full video presentations with live coverage and live interviews. There will be high quality cameras with live street views, featuring Jackie Hahn as the host.
Also on the parade’s YouTube channel are all the livestreams from years past of the parade. Visit youtube.com/@belmarlakecomost.
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