Organizers of the 2023 Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade say the show will go on rain or shine Saturday, despite a potentially foul forecast.
The parade was already postponed once – on March 11 – but the forecast for Saturday, April 1, its makeup date, had some questioning whether the parade would be held. A wind advisory is in effect, according to the National Weather Service, and there will be occasional rain and showers throughout the day.
The parade will go on ‘Rain or Shine,’ an anouncement on social media said, beginning at 12 noon on the Boulevard, from the Seaside Park border into Seaside Heights.
“In the truest Irish spirit, we have used up all of our Mulligans,” the announcement said. “The parade is a go regardless. Please dress accordingly.”
According to the National Weather Service forecast for Saturday, there will be periods of rain and thunderstorms before 3 p.m., then a chance of showers between 3 and 5 p.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5 p.m.
A wind advisory was also in effect, calling for southwest winds of 20 to 30 m.p.h. with gusts up to 50 m.p.h. expected. The wind advisory will be in effect from 2 a.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Sunday.