Should bars open early on St. Patty’s Day?
Tens of thousands of people gathering for the purpose of getting drunk is pretty much always a recipe for disaster.
Now while bars are legally allowed to open early for this Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hoboken, most have decided to voluntarily open at 11am. Local
talking head Councilman Peter Cammarano thinks that having bars open early “provides oversight” over drinking revelers and is better than having folks get toasted at parties, or on the street, etc. Additionally, he thinks that the parade is “economically beneficial across Hoboken” with restaurants, garages and transportation being the beneficiaries of this annual booze-fest. Tell that to the baby store or gift shop.
Does it really make a difference whether bars open at 11am or 6am? I don’t really think so, because most people will be drunk before the clock strikes 12 anyway. Where they get their alcohol is pretty much irrelevant, and there will be lines at most bars all day anyway.