Boy Scout Troop 23 Marches in St. Patricks Day Parade

(above) Boy Scouts Ben Banic (left) and Alex Banic (right) carry the banner for Boy Scout Troop 23 of Elizabeth in the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Union on March 26. Senior Patrol Leader Mel Nistal walks the center line of the street, keeping the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in an orderly formation. Courtesy photo

Scouts March in St. Patricks Day Parade

Submitted by Dan Bernier

The Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade returned to the streets of Union on Saturday, March 26, after a 2-year delay due to the pandemic and an additional 2 week postponement because of rain. Organizations marching in the parade, including Irish groups, police and fire departments, elected officials, school bands and pipe and drum bands, and Scouting units were cheered on by thousands of people lining Morris Avenue and Stuyvesant Avenue.

Boy Scout Troop 23, sponsored by St. Genevieve’s Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth, has been marching in the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade since 1998, a year after the parade was first held. They were back again this year, joined by Cub Scouts from Pack 23. Wearing their iconic yellow sweatshirts, they were led by a banner depicting Troop 23’s mascot, a duck named Webby. Webby is equipped and ready to hike or camp, at any time and in any weather.  

The Scouting program instills character, good citizenship and physical fitness in youth through outdoor activities such as campouts and hikes, involvement in community activities, and just plain fun! Cub Scout Pack 23 and Boy Scout Troop 23 provide activities and training for boys of all faiths, from St. Genevieve’s parish and the surrounding area, from Kindergarten through high school graduation. For more details, please contact Dan Bernier, Scoutmaster, at (908) 451-1948 or