Two bagpipers from the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore greeted students arriving at St. Rose Grammar School this St. Patrick's Day with traditional Irish music.
Youngsters dressed in green arrived at the school and enjoyed this morning's beautiful weather as the sound of the pipes drifted through the air.
Today's weather forecast:
Abundant sunshine throughout the day with a few passing clouds. The high temperature is expected to reach 62 degrees.
Partly cloudy skies are on tap for tonight with a low of 47 degrees.
Friday will see more sun and a high temperature near 69 degrees.
Today on Manansquan-Belmar Patch:
More St. Patrick's Day coverage including a round up of the best bars and restaurants for your holiday celebration.
If you're out tonight, be sure to look for our cameras. We'll be at all of your favorite night spots getting pictures.
Did you know?
The color originally associated with St. Patrick is blue. The association of green with both St. Patrick and the holiday began as early as the 1600s, when it was said that St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the then pagan Irish.
The first time St. Patrick arrived in Ireland, it was under duress. He is said to have been kidnapped by Irish raiders as a youth and brought to Ireland as a slave. He would eventually escape, only to return later in life as a bishop.
St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the United States are older than the country itself. Irish immigrants organized celebrations, meant to honor their homeland, across the 13 colonies. The New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade is the world's largest and has taken place since 1762. On average, the parade sees 150,000 marchers.