McGovern named grand marshal of 2016 UC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Frank McGovern
Frank McGovern

UNION COUNTY, NJ— Frank McGovern named grand marshal of 2016 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The 2016 Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has announced that Frank McGovern of Cranford has been named grand marshal of the 20th annual Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

McGovern has been involved with the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade for more than 17 years, serving as the parade’s 2005 general chairman.

“It’s an honor to be considered by my peers for this role,” McGovern said. “I am excited to be a part of this parade and all that it stands for year after year. This parade is about tradition and family.”

McGovern has also served the parade as chairman of the investiture Mass and Parade Day Mass, financial secretary, chairman of the St. Patrick’s Honor Guard, parade announcer and chairman of the board of trustees.

In addition to his duties with the parade committee, McGovern has served as president and trustee of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Union County and sits on the Center for Hope Hospice Board of Trustees and on Saint John the Apostle Church Trustees and Finance Committee. He is also a member of the St. John’s Social Concerns and Capital Campaign Committees and a volunteer at Overlook Hospital in Summit.

McGovern, who works as the general manager of power delivery and infrastructure for Electrical Consultants Inc. in Cranford, has been married to the former Eileen Whalen since 1981. They have four children and two grandchildren. He traces his Irish roots to County Cavan via County Cork, and Counties Kerry and West Meath.

McGovern will be officially installed as Grand Marshal on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2:30 p.m. during the parade committee’s annual Investiture Mass at St. Theresa’s Church located at 541 Washington Ave. in Kenilworth.

A reception will follow at the Kenilworth Veterans Center, 33 South 21st St. in Kenilworth.
The 20th annual Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, on Morris Avenue in Union. For additional information about the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade,