With a liquor licence in place and temperatures close to 70 degrees, everything is in place for in Frank Sinatra Park.
In a letter, organizer of the event Chris Halleron, said that the new tradition is supposed to be a place holder for the parade, not a replacement.
Halleron wrote also:
"At first glance, it’s hard to see tens of thousands visitors to our city as a bad thing—until you see what has been left in their wake over the years. It is now apparent that Hoboken can expect this crowd on the first Saturday of March, with or without the Parade. Nevertheless, if we work together to properly manage that crowd, I’m confident it can be handled to the optimum benefit of the common good.
We have a year to set about doing that. I sincerely hope the Hoboken Irish Festival is the first step in that direction, and I look forward to incorporating future events with a restored Parade celebration."
The beer for Wednesday's event has been donated by Peerless Beverage, according to Halleron, and all the proceeds go toward the Hoboken Shelter and American Legion Post 107.
For a real taste of Irish culture, the event will also feature fish and chips and other celtic fare.