Organizer is Ready for First Hoboken Irish Festival

The first ever Irish Festival is taking place on Wednesday.

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. 

p1ywood March 13, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Maybe she isn't an angry bitter hag since only you and the Old Guard blogger for hire set think so. Others are seen for what they are quickly. For example, you were exposed as a running Old Guard joke as soon as you and your Old Guard nonsense showed up here to distort everything a long time ago. No one is ever going to accuse you of being self respecting so you are good to go to the event. Interesting how you project your ethnic hate onto others and pretend to be Irish. Disturbing. You people in the Old Guard are sure pretty desperate and vindictive about having your no-show jobs dry up.
Outofcontrol March 13, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I love how you all come out to defend the anti-Irish, anti-Catholic mayor.I'm sure you make her proud, minions.
p1ywood March 13, 2012 at 04:12 AM
I'm sure your anti-Semetic religious intolerant ranting is a huge hit with the clannish Old Guard as well. Do you charge extra for it? Keep those non-starter zingers coming!
Outofcontrol March 13, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Amazing how fast the signal goes out when someone says something negative about our incompetent mayor. Does she pay you extra to do this after hours? Even you Zimmer Zombies have to admit that this isn't exactly the quaint little family event she said it would be. Will she be giving away free beer to the little step dancers to wash down the sausage and peppers?
prosbus March 13, 2012 at 04:31 AM
p1ywood- easy there. Saying someone is anti-Catholic is not an anti-Semetic attack. Plenty of baptists were against JFK in '60 because he was Catholic. So, just cut the crap out and any attempt at silencing any criticism at the mayor's decisions by crying anti-Semetism.
p1ywood March 13, 2012 at 04:46 AM
@ prosbus - I'm not making this up. Read the outofcontrol comments and pitch me again that they are coming from a good place. They are religiously and ethnically divisive without a foundation.
p1ywood March 13, 2012 at 04:53 AM
You're not just saying something negative. You are religion and ethnicity baiting. For once admit it. The truth is it's own reward.
prosbus March 13, 2012 at 05:40 AM
p1ywood- I may or may not agree with you that some comments are not coming from a good place or are religiously and ethnically divisive and that I may have posted some of those comments-- but I still do not agree that being accused of being anti-Catholic is an anti-Semantic statement. I do appreciate that it is a sensitive topic.
Grafix Avenger March 13, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Are you a "self-respecting Irish woman", SS? Let's hope you think you are, otherwise the City must slap a restraining order to keep you away from the festival- as a threat to public safety. OOC, the walking, talking, infectious brimming petri dish of nastiness.
Grafix Avenger March 13, 2012 at 09:53 AM
You're right, ply. It's anti-Semitic all the way. Coming from the same people who call the mayor's Jewish husband 'blood diamonds'. These are are sick, twisted people.
Grafix Avenger March 13, 2012 at 09:54 AM
Are you taking your little one, SS?
rtrux March 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM
SS? you mean sara sullivan will be there?!!
Redrider765 March 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Angry bitter hag? LOL, stop looking in the mirror when you post.
Hoboken Answer March 13, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Wait can you explain these charges because didn't know about this.
Grafix Avenger March 13, 2012 at 01:21 PM
rtrux, ya got that half-right. http://www.webchicklet.com/sara_lee_coupons.jpg
InfotainMe March 13, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Are any of these people who seem to find "anti-catholicism" behind every bush actually catholic? I never hear a word about catholicism. Only "anti-catholicism". It doesn't seem to bring you any joy or comfort, just anger at imagined slights. Do all/any of the Father Vinnie "sympathizers" actually know Father Vinnie. Do you like him as a homilist or just something to beat up Zimmer with? Any thoughts about one of our most sacred tenets - the sanctity of a private conversation with a priest? Is anyone here positively catholic or just negatively so? It's like the whole faith is just a massive ingrown toe waiting to be injured. If that's all it means to you, you might want to give it up. If you actually ARE catholic, buck up. Consider. -Catholics accept the big bang and evolution, and do not need to contradict science to retain faith. -The church has taken a firm position on global warming (2006). -Catholic Relief is one of the most efficient charities on the planet. -You can almost always find a church that is open, sit down, light a candle, commune with whatever you believe is 'out there'. My son is named for a jesuit from an early AIDS ministry in NYC. I am intermittently a good and a lousy catholic. But always a catholic. I get strength, a great deal of humor, and perspective from it. Anyone else?
Lola S March 13, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Why does this have to be political. The organizer wants to do a good thing for the community. An my gd I am Jewish and have lots of love for the Irish. Can we all just have a good time and let the community do so as well and not attack each other for one night.. The proceeds are going towards Hoboken charities that we all should support. Thank you..
rtrux March 13, 2012 at 03:05 PM
absolutely, right on, thank you Lola. i'm not sure "out of control" will be able to rein herself in, but we can always hope.
Lola S March 13, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Let's hope so. An yes children will be performing after school. Let's teach our children to respect each other and our differences.. Suppose to be a fun night of Irish culture.. Let's just celebrate it as such..
p1ywood March 13, 2012 at 07:03 PM
@ prosbus: looks like we are neither entirely correct. We hear from the dictionary: "anti-Semitic" adjective definition: 1. having or showing prejudice against Jews 2. discriminating against or persecuting Jews 3. of or caused by such prejudice or hostility So in the sheer dictionary sense, the term "anti-Semetic" refers to Judaism. We are now left to ponder whether the remark is anti-Catholic in particular or anti-Christian by way of umbrella. In my view, that's a distinction not worth hashing over here as a "right versus wrong" dynamic, because it will clearly fall into the category of "wrong" either way and only worthy of the attention of a debating team looking to wile away the hours. It is hate doing as hate does, and I guess now we can go about the business of deciding which little box of nomenclature we put that specific hate language in. So, in conclusion, we have then: Q: was the remark anti-Semetic? A: No, Judaism is not the subject of the specific nomenclature in question. So I am guilty of a terminological inexactitude and stand corrected. Conversely, you are right, because in a narrow definition, the statement is not anti-Semetic. But it is certainly not the kind of statement a IMO a reasonable person should be defending.
Hobbs March 13, 2012 at 07:20 PM
The sad fact is that Mason, Russo & Co are so caught up in their obsession to gain power that they look for ways to spew their hate and divisivness anyway they can. Luckly we have their flacks on here reminding us how low and disgusting they truly are.
Outofcontrol March 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM
So Lola, I suppose you have no problem with the kids playing among the beer trucks as long as the event is sponsored by Zimmer. This event is a political effort to patronize a group of people that she slighted by dooming their parade. When will the numbers be released showing how much the city spent last weekend?
Grafix Avenger March 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Get a life, you misery- luvin' moron. Better yet, keep texting words to Timmy, but try to keep them under 2 syllables or less. http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2012/03/texting-at-city-council.html
p1ywood March 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Outofcontrol is out beyond Old Guard clan hate blogger. He's into the realm of unhealthy obsessive-compulsive with slighting the Mayor.
prosbus March 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Dawn didn't have a "private conversation" with Father Vinny, she scolded him in the vestibule of St. Ann's Church after the Blue Mass.
prosbus March 13, 2012 at 10:48 PM
p1ywood- I appreciate the thoughtful post. I admit it is a sensitive issue and difficult to navigate without offending.
prosbus March 13, 2012 at 10:50 PM
and here we have Grafix Avenger with a meaningless message but a "useful" link to her blog. ;-)
Grafix Avenger March 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Au contraire, 1010WINS 'on-air personality' bloviator once arrested for ROBBERY. (Ha ha, I enjoy saying that) The message, like you- was short. ;-) Lane says, “TV is fun, and I like to keep my hand in it, but radio is my first love and there’s no better place on the planet to anchor the news than 1010 WINS radio!” Speaking of the devil (you)... here are some links for your fans: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/station/1010-wins/ http://newyork.cbslocal.com/personality/lane-bajardi/ f you have questions, comments or complaints about 1010 WINS news or programming, you can e-mail news director Ben Mevorach here mevorach@wins.com or send a letter to: Director of News and Programming 1010 WINS Radio 345 Hudson Street New York, NY 10014 Guess what folks, Lane a.k.a. prosbus is not supposed to be involved in partisan political activities in Hoboken. Has Ben seen the Lenz letter yet? http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2012/03/silence-on-lenz.html Hey Bajardi, how come you didn't pick up those certified letters? ;-)
Bet Mazin March 13, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Yes because the children will have no where to play except among the so-called "beer trucks" you claim will be in Sinatra Park. LOL I'm going to patronize an event set up by Hoboken citizens that cost the City of Hoboken squadoosh.
InfotainMe March 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM
If you knew anything about the catholic faith vs how to use catholicism as just another weapon in the war, you'd know that no catholic worth his salt would run to the media over what is exchanged between a priest and an individual, however you choose to characterize it. The only true anti-catholicism I see is this tendency to diminish a religion down to some sort of "interest group" that can be exploited and manipulated to win a news cycle. We have problems in this church. Big ones. Dawn Zimmer's interactions with Father Vinnie aren't among them. BTW, arguing with a priest is actually quite healthy for all concerned. But I doubt you'd understand that.


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