The Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will host its annual “Finnegan’s Wake” party and “Guinness Fun Run/Walk” on Saturday, February 23, at the Blackthorn Restaurant and Irish Pub located at 651 N. Michigan Avenue in Kenilworth, New Jersey.

Registration for the “Guinness Fun Run/Walk” will start at 11:30 a.m. at the Blackthorn. There is a $25 registration fee that includes a t-shirt, complimentary beverages and admission into the “Finnegan’s Wake” party. The race will commence at 12:30 p.m. The race should end by 12:35.

“Finnegan’s Wake” will feature live Irish-American entertainment by The Mike Byrne Band starting at 12:45 p.m. Admission is $20 per person and includes beer, wine and food.  For information please call Kathy Noonan-Rotando at 908-906-4622, Kevin Dowling at 732-594-1763, Marc Dowling at 908-967-0740 or Bernadette Sullivan at 908-432-6719.

All proceeds from the events benefit the 2013 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The 17th Annual Parade steps off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, on Morris Avenue in Union.

The family-friendly festivities kick off at 11 a.m. at the reviewing stand located at the corner of Morris and Stuyvesant Avenues in Union Center.

For more information about the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade please visit