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Without Parade, Bar Owners Organize 'Lepre-Con'

Bars and citizens are working together to organize "Lepre-Con" even without the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Although has officially been cancelled, the party may still be on. 

Bars and a group of citizens are getting together to start a new tradition: "Lepre-Con," telling people to still come to Hoboken on the first Saturday of March. Hoboken's St. Patrick's Day is the

In an effort to still attract large crowds to Hoboken's bars that day, a Facebook group—with more than 2,000 people who have said they will be going—is inviting everyone to take part in "Lepre-Con." 

According to the invite on the Facebook group, everyone is invited and people are encouraged to dress up as a leprechaun: In response to the cancellation of the annual Hoboken St Patrick's Day parade, we are sponsoring the first annual Hoboken Lepre-Con. In the spirit of the Christmas-time celebration of Santa-Con, we are inviting all revelers to carry on the spirit and tradition of the annual Hoboken St Patrick's Day festivities with our Lepre-Con. 

Redrider765 January 23, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Sure, go ahead and try and violate their right of free speech. Let's see how fast you rack up a million in legal fees w/ that one.
HobokenTownie January 23, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Seriously? Maybe we can have the thought police issue tickets for bad ideas.
p1ywood January 23, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Mr Chadwick, your comment above makes a lot of sense, but where the wheels fall off the wagon with it is where it does not acknowledge the fact that the city had and has a very real safety issue in the mix with the revelry aspect. For many years administrations have tried to reign this in and nothing worked. So moving the parade was the next step. What do facebook group members care, most of them don't even live here, and think Hoboken is where somebody else lives and they go to get stupid drunk. Lax enforcement of drinking related crimes is where it began, danger to the general population and their property is where it went, and the bar owners encouraged it all to the nines. Now it is the city with "the missteps"? I don't agree with that calculus. Having no parade this year should reduce the numbers, if it doesn't because of some facebook groups, it is nothing more than the next step in a progression of something that was very actively not nipped in the bud but rather historically let to get out of hand by bars trying to make money by over-serving the intoxicated, and law enforcement looking the other way. This problem didn't suddenly pop up this year or last year. The tipping point to disaster was easily 5 years ago.
Hobbs January 23, 2012 at 08:14 PM
No violation of rights. Just asking yet again those who are making a profit from a sales promotion stunt to be held responsible for their actions. If the front people for this event are indeed ficticious then you have to think that the people behind them don't want to be held reponsible. I would also think that those "20 something" people don't like being minipulated by public reations firms to reach into their pockets.
Rory Chadwick January 23, 2012 at 08:14 PM
@p1ywood You said it yourself "administrations". Never has a group of all who would like to be involved gotten together and came to an agreement on it. All the boards in town people sit on work together to find answers. A board for the parade that is evenly picked so you can incorporate everyone in to the discussion would be good. 1 bar person, 1 restaurant person, 1 resident spokesperson, 1 retail spokesperson, maybe someone from police dept that is a resident and a few other people, make it balanced, maybe 8 people 4 pro parade 4 con parade and draw it out and present it for consideration. The worst thing is you can still be told NO, but nobody cared to try to draw it out and you still have NO. Everyone had their own agenda, no one had a plausible agenda for consideration. I know people personally from Ohio that are coming to the Leprecon. This one will be mammoth.
Rory Chadwick January 23, 2012 at 08:20 PM
People associate the parade with canceling the day itself, this is those who don't live here. Those that live here know without a parade there will still be people out. So when you take a cancelled parade to people that are not from here they just show up anyway and bring their friends and tell everyone they know, they rebel. Look to see 20k plus this March, anything less and consider it a miracle. Only thing that will keep people away at this point is hard rain or several feet of snow.
Redrider765 January 23, 2012 at 08:29 PM
You are right Hobbs, there will be no violation b/c the courts will ignore your request. You cannot prevent anyone from promoting a bar crawl. You can't stop them from holding a bar crawl. You can't stop the bars from making money. You can't stop people from gathering in the privacy of their own homes and having parties. And you can't stop them from visiting town and having fun that day just like nobody can stop you from being a stick in the mud and complaining about things. And Hobbs, when you figure out a way to get everyone the right to pick and choose what expenses the city incurs we can pay for and opt out of paying for, tell me. There are more than a few things the city spends money on that I'd love to not have to pay for.
Hobbs January 23, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Rory can you elaborate on your statement that Jamie Darrah is made up name and tell us who you think is running the show ?
Rory Chadwick January 23, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I can't tell you Hobbs, I'm sworn by that almighty journalistic code of honor. I will tell you that its a not a girl and I can tell you it's gaining massive attention and a lot of sites and blogs are all over it. The person in charge is simply filling a void with an idea, pretty simple and its becoming very effective. At this point you could reinstate the parade but this thing is gaining so much press that the parade might as well never happen again because this thing could very well be the next big thing in Hoboken. Best advice I could tell anyone is if you thought the parade was crazy last year, you likely haven't seen anything yet.
Tom Vezzetti January 23, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Could Hoboken legally pass an ordinance prohibiting bars from opening until a certain time?
Journey January 23, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I wonder if any drunk fool that gets hit with a large fine will every have the tenacity (and the desire to avoid personal responsibility) to sue the bar for serving them when they should not have.
Gardiner4Freeholder January 23, 2012 at 09:07 PM
The ABC Board can set the start times and close time for the establishments. They can determine where new establishments can go if they have a liquor license. They can enforce underage and after hours drinking. The Fire Department sets occupancy limits. The Police and fire can be all hands on deck and the Mayor can work with the public safety director to come up with a plan as well as bring in outside help. But I agree with Red Rider, you can't stop people from coming and you can't stop them from the act of promotion. This would not be the first time social media created large crowds and it won't be the last. Who cares if Jamie Darrah is real or fake. If it wasn't Jamie Darrah it would be someone else. My only hope is that the whimsical nature of dressing up a Leprechauns would somehow curtail the worst aspects of the debauchery like violence, vandalism, pugilism, flower pot chucking and rape.Lets hope for 20,000 happy Leprechauns! :)
Redrider765 January 23, 2012 at 09:15 PM
The worst thing this town ever did w/ respect to this event was ask the bars to open late. The second worst thing they did was forget to enforce the law the other 364 days of the year.
FAP January 23, 2012 at 09:17 PM
RG who told you the ABC board could set the time bars can open?
p1ywood January 23, 2012 at 09:25 PM
@ Rory Chadwick Dude, I know you mean well and I agree with your concept for a parade day board. On the other hand, what they come up with better be legally binding, or they might as well hold the meetings in Fantasyland. The town has reached out to the bar and restaurant industries for years about reaching a compromise or working in concert on having the city be safer, but if the administration doesn't propose exactly what the bar owners want to hear for maximum profit, they basically laugh the administration out of the room and get right back to doing whatever they want. And if we ever want law enforcement to get a handle on this, the turnout for the event has to be ratcheted down in size in order to get out of triage mode. Lepre-con is all online now to do a great disservice to the town and those who are championing it don't seem to care what gets out of hand and long as the cash registers keep ringing off the hook and everyone can get as plastered as they care to. Hoboken remains a running joke to those who would trash it. The parade committee is probably thanking their lucky stars their fingerprints won't be on this debacle this year. It will simply be a horror show in green get-ups.
Redrider765 January 23, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Some bars already open on Saturdays as early as 8, others at closer to 9-10 for the brunch crowd. The rest of the bars are almost all open by 11 or 12. I believe they are legally allowed to open at 6:30. How late would you like them to open & are you willing to deal w/ the consequences of having the bars open late again this year? Over the last few years, the city has asked them to open late and they have complied. It didn't help things at all b/c instead of people coming early, standing in line & packing the bars where they could be kept under control and where they had to wait for a bartender to pour them a drink, people just drank in the streets or at the house parties that people started throwing b/c the bars were opening up late. Bars opening late led to chaos.
Hobbs January 23, 2012 at 09:38 PM
So Jamie Darrah spokesperson for Lepre.con is a phoney front person I would think that people especially those in the press would be upset that they were duped and might question any further commuications from the promoters. While it may not be able to stop people promoting crowds to come to Hoboken you can do everything you can to hold them responisible. Using a phoney front person makes me think that the people behind this are looking to avoid being held reponsible for their actions. The City Council limiting the bar hours sounds like a start and people should contact the members of the Council to contain the mayhem. Since the entire City Council has said publicly that they didn't want a replay of the problems it should be easy. If the bars break any of the rules they should be closed down for the day.
Redrider765 January 23, 2012 at 09:38 PM
All this talk of St. Patty's makes me want to go make Colcannon for dinner.
Redrider765 January 23, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Who is being duped? Do you really think anyone cares who that person is? Do you think half of us hadn't already decided to thumb their nose at city hall already? You don't get it Hobbs. People have decided that they are not going to let city hall ruin their fun. The bars don't even have to promote this thing and people will still show up in their green regalia. They have the right to do that just like the city has the right to make sure they behave and punish them if they don't. But yeah, just go tell the bars to open late like they did last few years and see how chaotic things are and how drunk everyone is before they open just like before. Such a smart idea to repeat the same stupid mistakes of the past. BTW, I think the people who go to bars early on weekends to catch EU football games, the early basketball games or just grab an early brunch will just love it if you now prevent the bars from opening early on weekends. Way to annoy everyone b/c you refuse to let bar owners run their business the way they want to and have the city enforce the law the way it needs to be enforce 365 days out of the year.
PeoplePlease January 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM
The bars are not the problem.
PeoplePlease January 23, 2012 at 10:26 PM
or listen to some good tunes... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBxnrPAaodI
Hobbs January 23, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Why would the organizers Lepere.con feel the need to invent "Jamie Darrah'" as a phony persona to be their spokesperson ? This was not a screen name apparently she told several people in the press that was her name and it was her idea. She was not a "20 something " grass roots person looking to have a good time but it looks more like someone paid by the bar owners to front their sales promotion. Apparently if the real person was known to the public may not have been as receptive to the sales pitch. So yes, I think people do care. I get it Red, bar owners don't want to lose their windfall profits and the came up with a way to try to do it. All that I have seen they don't want to do it responsibly. I would think that the laws that regulate serving intoxicated people would negate your objections to late openings on one or two days. People come in to your bar you don't serve them more alcohol the law is simple on that. I think your idea of being more vigrous in enforcing the laws already on the books is good. Hopefully they will kick up enforcement in the next few weeks leading up to March. I have no problem with people having a good time, unfortunately having a good time has become code for some to have an out of control Irish themed drinking weekend.
Rory Chadwick January 23, 2012 at 10:46 PM
The person doing leprecon in Hoboken is not Jamie Darrah it is someone else. The person is creating an idea for the day and telling people to come here for the day. The person is not selling anyone anything merely offering a suggestion, you can't go after anyone for freedom of speech or freedom to assemble. They're coming and the bars will have lines around the corners, all of them. This person who is creating this put the day back on the map, single handily, impressive frankly.
Rory Chadwick January 23, 2012 at 10:47 PM
i cross my fingers and hope it will be non chaotic and everyone in town bars and stores can make a few bucks, people drink people spend, everyone in business in town that day will hopefully have a good day.
Rory Chadwick January 24, 2012 at 12:44 AM
The name the source prefers to use is Larry Leprecon.
nice try January 24, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Jamie Darrah's interview: “We want everyone to come up and come out and dress up and enjoy the festivities,” said co-organizer Jamie Darrah, who is hoping for a crowd of green-bearded leprechauns. “Hopefully we’ll have a set bar crawl listed on our website.” She sees the event as being similar to SantaCon held across the river in New York City.They hope to have several bars and businesses participating. “You should get very creative with your costumes, but we are promoting that you be responsible,” she told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney on Wednesday." http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/01/18/no-parade-in-hoboken-but-lepre-con-is-coming/
Lane Dastardly January 24, 2012 at 04:18 AM
nice job shilling for whhat will amount to lawlessness and property damage
Rory Chadwick January 24, 2012 at 04:36 AM
lane its happening with or without this thing it was only a matter of time before someone else had an idea to capitalize on. Don't blame me, blame media in general. Every site blog in hudson county is running this, not just here.
Rory Chadwick January 24, 2012 at 12:51 PM
my comments were removed? censorship all over again, adios patch its been fun!
holymoly March 01, 2012 at 02:24 AM
seriously please you have no idea what you are talking about, no idea. The bar owners do everything to make it safe employing extra security and giving free corn beef sandwiches throughout the day. IT IS THE HOUSE PARTIES. Also can the complainers please move out to the burbs. HOBOKEN IS URBAN LIVING!!!!!!!!!!

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