The 64th West Orange St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 15, 2015 ~ Step-Off 12:15
Main Street & Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Morning Mass at 9:00am Our Lady of Valley Church, Orange, NJ
Francis Schott traces his Irish roots back to County Fermanagh. He is third generation born in The United States and maintains strong ties with family and friends in Ireland.
Last year, he was appointed an Ambassador of The City of Belfast by Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. In this capacity, this year he organized the first incoming trade mission, Belfast has seen in 20 years, led by Mayor Cahill of New Brunswick. He is an advocate for both cities. Should you decide to visit either city, he will have a long list of recommendations for you.
With partners, Francis has owned and operated Stage Left Restaurant in New Brunswick, since 1992 and Catherine Lombardi Restaurant since 2006. He and his partner Mark Pascal were named New Jersey Restaurant Association Restaurateur of The Year in 2011. Together they host The Restaurant Guys radio program (www.restaurantguysradio.com).
He is a speaker and consultant on food, wine and beverage. He has served on the boards of several civic organizations and is a noted advocate for small business, urban redevelopment, the arts and culture on both sides of The Pond.
Francis is a long-standing member of many Irish-American organizations and was honored in 2010 as Man of The Year by The Friendly Sons of The Shillelagh. In 2012, Francis was given the “Serving America Award” by The Irish Echo. Francis first “marched” in this Parade on the back of an Orange Fire Truck behind his father, then Deputy Chief Frank Schott of Orange. That was 1974. He marched beside his father as aide when Frank Sr. was Deputy Grand Marshall in 2000. Francis looks forward to marching in his footsteps these many years later.Deputy Grand Marshal ~ Kelly Reilly