Thursday, March 15, 2012
Hundreds showed up on Wednesday between 4 and 10 p.m. at Frank Sinatra Park.
While it lacked the pomp and ceremony of the usual parade or the intoxicated frolic of the new Leprecon, the city of Hoboken's first ever Irish Cultural Festival entertained hundreds of people, including many young children, at Sinatra Park on Wednesday night. Chris Halleron, a longtime Hoboken resident and an Irish American, helped organize the festival. Halleron said he hoped the festival will become a companion to the city's annual St. Patrick's parade, which this year was canceled after the committee that has organized it opposed Mayor Dawn Zimmer's proposal to move the march to a weekday. Zimmer said that a rise in excessive partying in recent years on parade day has come to endanger public safety. The committee countered that moving…
Thursday, February 16, 2012
In wake of the cancellation of the St. Patrick's Day Parade, the city is holding an event on March 14.
The city of Hoboken has announced the first ever Irish Cultural Festival in Frank Sinatra Park on March 14. The event comes after the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade was canceled. According to the announcement, the event will feature Irish sport, dance, music, and food and is free and open to all ages. Proceeds from concessions will go to the Hoboken Shelter and Hoboken American Legion. Hobokenite Chris Halleron is one of the chief organizers of the event and said he reached out to the organizers of the Pier Sessions, concerts held on the uptown piers in the summer. In the press release sent out by the city, Halleron said he was excited for the event. "It would be nice to get out and actually enjoy the St. Patrick's celebration in my …
Friday, January 13, 2012
The parade committee announced this in a letter on its website.
The 26th annual Hoboken St. Patrick's Day Parade has been cancelled. The parade committee announced its decision in a letter on Friday morning, putting the responsibility for the decision in the city's hands. "The City of Hoboken’s inability to protect our spectators, bands and participants led us to this heartbreaking decision," the letter stated. For the past several years, the annual parade has been happening in a shadow of drunken mayhem in Hoboken, with bars opening early in the morning and house parties getting out of control, leading to multiple arrests every year. Every year, the entire police corps is on duty, leading to high overtime costs for the city. Before the parade starts around noon on the first—almost always sunny—…
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Mayor Dawn Zimmer and public safety officials held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
The Hoboken Police Department arrested 34 people during the St. Patrick's Day Parade this year—nine more than in 2010—Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced on Tuesday afternoon. She also said that because of the unruly drinking and two alleged sexual assault cases over the weekend, the parade will be held on a Wednesday next year. The city issued 296 summonses, the mayor also announced. The city wrote 115 summonses for open containers (down from last year's 154), 32 summonses for drinking publicly (down from last year's 77) and 40 for unruly houseparties (down from last year's 51). The number of summonses issued for public urination went up from 41 last year to 59 this year, Zimmer said. "Despite our best efforts," Zimmer said, the drinking after …
Monday, March 7, 2011
One giant parade, a day of drinking, and a slew of new restaurants brings a new dawn to the Mile Square.
The media touts Memorial Day and Labor Day as the unofficial start to the (respectively) summer and autumn seasons. But how about an "unofficial" start of Spring? I’d like to go on record and say the "unofficial" start to spring begins on the first Saturday in March, approximately two weeks prior to the actual beginning of the vernal equinox, right here in Hoboken. The reason this claim carries weight is because of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, ironically, also approximately two weeks prior to the official St. Patrick’s Day holiday. After having experienced almost a decade of St. Patrick's Day parades in town, I’ve seen first hand why the first Saturday in March is the first day of spring. The entire town comes outdoors for fresh air, …
Saturday, March 5, 2011
From families to fraternity brothers, everybody gathered for Saturday afternoon's parade.
The sound of bag pipes filled the air on Saturday afternoon as Hoboken's politicians, community members and local officials marched down Washington Street in celebration of the 25th annual Hoboken St. Patrick's Day Parade. "This is the best parade in Hudson County," said County Executive Thomas DeGise, who said he comes to town every year for the celebrations. Jersey City Mayor Jerramaiah Healy (wearing a tuxedo) and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner also attended the parade. This year's Grand Marshal, Bill Noonan, lead the parade and was closely followed by Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Police Chief Anthony Falco. Behind them was Honorary Grand Marshal Cake Boss Buddy Valastro in a shiny race car. "I always make this parade," said Congressman …
As early as 9 a.m. visitors started drinking and partying for the 25th annual St. Patrick's Day parade.
Yelling, dancing and the thumping of music. Ah, the sound of the Hoboken St. Patrick's Day Parade. As the paraders got ready to march down Washington Street, the Mile Square's bars filled up as the day progressed. Attached some photos form freelancer Emily Tan, who captured the morning crowd in downtown Hoboken.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Hoboken Police is telling the more than 30,000 expected visitors: behave yourself.
The Hoboken St. Patrick's Day Parade is all about fun and a good time. But, if you break the rules—we're talking public drunkenness, public urination or other forms of disturbance—you will be slapped with a fine that can be as high as $2,000. The city is expecting roughly 30,000 visitors to come to Hoboken on Saturday. Just like last year, the City of Hoboken is implementing a "Zero Tolerance" rule. On top of the fine, the city will also issue community service. More than 75 people worked for the city after last year's St. Patrick's Day Parade. One girl, Mayor Dawn Zimmer said, is still completing her 180 hours of community service. There will be 200 police officers patrolling the streets at any given time, said Police Captain Ed Garcia…
Shop windows, the line on the street and the Hoboken Business Center.
Just like the Empire State Building changes colors for special occasions, so does the Hoboken Business Center. On Thursday night, this year's Grand Marshal Bill Noonan pulled the switch and turned the building green in celebration of the Hoboken St. Patrick's Day Parade which will take place on Saturday. This year's honorees enjoyed Irish coffees and Irish soda bread in the lobby of the building, while a bagpiper stood outside. Former Freeholder Maurice Fitzgibbons was there, as was Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla, Assemblyman Ruben Ramos and Hudson County Freeholder—and honorary Irishman of the year—Anthony Romano.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
It's time again for the bars to hire security, a DJ to remix traditional Irish tunes, and plenty of mops for the bathroom... St. Patrick's Day in Hoboken!
Some cities hold World’s Fairs. Others host the Olympics. But Hoboken is home to something way better than that, the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Now, for many visitors, this is an excuse to get blackout drunk beginning at 9 a.m. But for bartenders, it’s a day to make a lot of money and hopefully still retain their sanity. So once again, we checked in to see how a few local spots were preparing for the big day. Bartender Ryan Brenning will celebrate his first St. Pat’s at Four L’s, after three years at another Hoboken bar (he asked that we not mention the name). “We ordered so much beer and whiskey," he said, "it’s crazy." At Four L’s, they’ll remove the tables to make room, and serve quick and cheap Irish food, like corned beef, to …