What type of primary fermenter are you using?
Sounds like a conical, since you probably can't prime a march pump from a carboy/bucket.
In that case, CO2 is your best bet, IF your conical is rated for pressure (I know Blichmann conicals are, but not sure about other make/models).
Foaming might not be bad for the beer, but its definitely bad for a centrifugal (March) pump. Its just like sucking air into the pump.