Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade Announces 2020 Grand Marshal Dinner
The Asbury Park St Patrick’s Day Parade committee is proud to announce the 2020 Grand Marshal:
THOMAS F. HAYES
Director of Customer & Community Relations, New Jersey Natural Gas Company
On Sunday March 8, 2020 Asbury Park will host its 7th St. Patrick’s Day Parade and with parade day almost here, the committee is putting the finishing touches on this spectacular event. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has become an annual tradition attracting over 10,000 people to the city last year. This year’s parade has over 60 entries including marching units, award-winning mummers and traditional pipe & drum bands, floats from some of your favorite organizations and establishments including the Stone Pony, Johnny Mac’s and Lakehouse Recording Studio along with dozens of attractions that are unique to this parade. From traditional to the unusual the parade will feature everything that is exceptional about Asbury Park.
The parade committee is proud to announce Thomas F. Hayes as the 2020 Grand Marshal. Tom is the Director of Customer & Community Relations for NJNG, responsible for community outreach, managing the NJNG Charity and serves as the liaison with the NJ Board of Public Utilities. Tom and his team handle numerous programs to better the lives throughout NJNG’s service area.
Tom and his wife Regina may be best known in Asbury Park for the purchase and restoration of the Stephen Crane House, the Hayes are active in many local charities as well as the day to day running of the Crane House. Tom also serves on over 25 boards and 24 committees in Monmouth, Ocean and Morris County. Organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, YMCA, Senior Citizen’s Activity Network and more! Tom, along with his wife and children, Tom Jr., Christopher and Olivia, are dedicated to improving the lives of those around them and ensuring a better tomorrow for hose they can.
Asbury Park’s community is grateful for the ongoing support, outreach and sponsorship received through Tom’s work and to show our appreciation we will be passing the Grand Marshal sash to Tom during the annual ceremony. “It is such an incredible honor to be the Grand Marshal of this amazing parade” said Tom “This parade brings everyone out to enjoy our humanity together!” “Asbury Park holds a very beautiful place in my heart and I feel the Luck of the Irish for just being a part of this community with both my immediate family and my NJNG family.”
On March 5th the parade committee will be honoring the Tom Hayes at the Grand Marshal dinner at McLoone’s Supper Club with a fireworks display on the beach to follow. Tickets are $60 and will be available online through the Supper Club’s website: www.timmcloonessupperclub.com. Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade is funded solely through donations and local fundraisers. Each year the AP St. Patrick’s Day Parade has donated to charitable organizations including AP Little League, The Center, AP Historical Society, APFD Local 384 and AP Recreation and more.
In 2013 a small committee gathered to craft a parade that celebrates St. Patrick while acknowledging the diversity of the people & culture of Asbury Park. Much thought and planning went into the original concept to make certain that it was all inclusive and unique to Asbury Park while still incorporating the most loved traditions of a good old fashioned parade.
Filled with local participation from our honored veterans, to local Boy & Girl Scout troops, dance schools, high school marching bands, bicyclists, animal rescue group, classic cars, regional pipe & drum groups and first responders, national & international award winning mummers, clowns, roller girls, live bands on floats to Asbury Park’s beloved zombies and so much more!
For additional information please go to http://asburyparkstpatricksparade.com/ or follow us on Facebook at Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 694, Asbury Park, NJ 07712.