Student Events and Contests

Newark Parade Contests for Students

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The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, pleased to announce the 9thAnnual 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 Michael D. Byrne, 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 2019, the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates its 84thyear on the streets of Newark; a remarkable feat that makes Newark’s parade the oldest in the State.

The theme for the 2019 contests is “Commitment to Community” – a fitting subject, since the Grand Marshal and Deputy Grand Marshal are Irish-Americans who were born and raised in Newark and have exhibited a lifelong commitment to the City:

+ Grand Marshal Sean O’Neill was born in the Ironbound section of Newark, raised in St. Benedict’s Parish, twice elected President of the Ironbound Irish American Association, and is now the Chief Engineer at the Panasonic Building.

+ Deputy Grand Marshal Kathleen M. Conlon was born at St. Michael’s Hospital, raised in Vailsburg’s Sacred Heart Parish, and began her career at then-College Hospital in Newark.  She now works closely with New Jersey fire services, especially the busy Newark firefighters, to advocate for their safety.

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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