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GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (March 4, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--The St. Patty's Day Parade in Gloucester, offered for its third year on Sunday, March 4th, has fast become a tradition. We started with 11:30 Mass at the beautifully renovated St. Mary's Church. Everyone should visit it and appreciate its classic beauty. When Mass concluded, Pastor Monsignor Bill Hodge led us all to enjoy the Parade Day festivities. Bishop of the Diocese of Camden Dennis Sullivan, Governor Phil Murphy, the Deputy Consul of Ireland, and former St.Mary's pastor, Monsignor James Curran and his sister Margaret, lent additional credence to the City's Irish heritage celebration and highlighted the parade's growing importance as an event not to be missed.
Councilman Dan Spencer was Parade Coordinator, and what a job he did. Tom Gurick did his usual sterling job as parade announcer, adding lots of local color as a lifelong Gloucester City resident.
The parade went straight down Monmouth Street toward the river, lasting for over an hour. It's a real happening! (Bundle up when you come. It gets cold after a while). Featured were the City Fire Department, many, many Philly-popular string bands, The Emerald Society of Camden County Pipers, two groups of Irish step dancing lasses, many notable dignitaries, and much more. One of the best things is how many people you meet, helping to renew current and old acquaintances.
If you're not a walker, it's a good idea to park your car near the end of the parade route (but not on Monmouth Street where parking is prohibited during the parade) because it's right near Chubby's - one of Gloucester City's premier dining establishments.
Owners Tom Monahan and Tom Page have made a huge investment in restoring the property, reminiscent of a time gone by. How many people do you know who would invest hundreds of thousands of dollars into the continued development of the City? This is on top of the investment already made in another legendary local eatery, Max's Cafe. Risks are what helps build cities. These guys have laid it on the line, which makes me always feel ever better about eating there, so support them whenever you can.
Known for their steaks, Chubby's offers a special St. Patty's Day Menu featuring many modestly priced entrees, including my wife's favorite and mine, Shepherd's Pie for $15. The Irish band that's there every year and the availability of a wide selection of quality beers and spirits make for a really fun time. Our servers were also super. It's good to get there a little bit before the end of the parade because it really fills up when the parade ends.
Chubby's also has "Special's Nights" on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Reservations are always a good idea and essential on Fridays and Saturdays.
My high school classmates, who also enjoyed Chubby's, and I made a commitment to be on hand for the 4th Annual St.Pattys Day Parade. We'll be looking for you next year! (We, and your Cleary's Notebook Editor, Bill Cleary, graduated together from Gloucester Catholic in 1963. Nostalgically, we can look at where we had our classes while we eat because Chubby's is right across the street.)