Student Events and Contests

Newark Parade Contests for Students

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The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, pleased to announce the 10thAnnual Saint Patrick’s Day Contests for Student Artists and Scholars.

“The Parade Committee is committed to ensuring that the students of the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese learn about the life of Saint Patrick and the impact of the Irish on our State and our Church,” said John M. “Jack” Doll, General Chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Inc.  “The Committee believes that its important to study the example of Saint Patrick and to encourage children to emulate his life.”

In 2020, the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates its 85thyear on the streets of Newark; a remarkable feat that makes Newark’s parade the oldest in the State.

The theme for the 2020 contests is “The Importance of Community Service” – a fitting subject, since the Grand Marshal and Deputy Grand Marshal are Irish-Americans who have given significant time to non-profit organizations in their communities:

+ – Grand Marshal Michael D. Byrne has been a part of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Inc. for decades and served as its General Chairman for nine years.

+ – Deputy Grand Marshal Eileen McGinley Hannaford founded the Kevin J. Hannaford Sr. Foundation in 2004 and has served as its President and Executive Director since then.

Students in elementary schools are invited to participate in an art contest while high school students can participate in an essay contest on the life of Saint Patrick.

Byrne said that the contests are a natural extension of the Committee’s mission to honor Saint Patrick in a very public way by parading in the state’s largest City.  The contests are open to every student attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese and are facilitated by the faculty of each participating school.

Awards include cash prizes, the opportunity for winners to lead their school’s contingent in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, and publication of winners’ works in the Parade Committee’s annual Souvenir Journal.

When the contests began in 2011, then-Archbishop Myers noted that the art and essay contests “are most welcome additions to the celebration that will highlight the excellent faith-based education programs that have long been a hallmark of the Archdiocese and the State of New Jersey.”

For more information on the contests, please contact NewarkParade@gmail.comor visit

Best wishes to all the participants!

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