2010 Hoboken St. Patty’s Day Set

2/16/2010 Update:

Despite the ongoing debate about Hoboken’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – the show is still set to go on. Here’s some additional info about the parade, with less than three weeks to go.

Grand Marshal Announced

The Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee announced today that Bernadette Cunning Pehrson has been named the 2010 Grand Marshal. The Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade will take place Saturday, March 6th at 1:00 PM on Washington Street.

“We are extremely honored to have Bernadette Cunning Pehrson as this year’s Grand Marshall. Bernadette has been on the parade committee since its inception in 1985 and has worked tirelessly on its planning and logistics year after year. Additionally, Bernadette has been active in Irish unity and cultural pursuits, including having served as President of the Irish American Unity Conference – Hudson County Chapter as well as National Secretary of the conference. Bernadette was also part of a small coalition that brought Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams to the United States for the first time in 1998, just before the signing of the historic Good Friday peace agreement,” said Bill Noonan, Co-Chair of this year’s parade.

Additionally, the committee announced that Carol Ann Wilson, long-time Hoboken resident, Director of Health and Human Services for Hudson County, and an activist for numerous Catholic charities, has been named Irishwoman of the Year. Similarly, Dr. John Crowe, Superintendent for the Woodbridge Township School District and recipient of numerous statewide and national educator awards, was named Irishman of the Year. James J. Farina, Hoboken City Clerk and a long-time supporter of the parade, has been named Honorary Irishman. The Community Service Award winner is Patricia Scribner for her work aiding the homeless and supporting other community causes. Irish Firefighter of the Year is Hoboken Battalion Chief Brian Greene and Irish Policeman of the Year is Detective Nick Burke.

Irish Party plus special Mass

“The committee looks forward to honoring our Grand Marshall and our other honorees at our upcoming Irish Party. These individuals represent all of the great things about the Irish-American community in Hoboken. They are all energetic, hard-working individuals whose vigorous support of local charities, schools and civic organizations is remarkable. We hope that many people from our community will turn out to honor these fine people at our Irish Party to be held on Sunday, February 21st from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Our Lady of Grace School Auditorium on Willow at Fifth Street,” Noonan added.

The Hoboken Irish Party will feature live music, dancing, a hot corned beef dinner and an open bar. Tickets for the party are $50 each and can be purchased in advance at Mulligan’s and Willie McBride’s, or call 201-420-7842.

The Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee has also made arrangements for the Annual St. Patrick’s Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church to take place at 5:00 PM on Saturday, February 27th.

See original update after the jump – including Hoboken411’s great suggestions, some of which have already been implemented by HPD!

1/12/2010:

Annual Hoboken SPD Parade March 6, 2010

Hoboken St. Patricks DayTo cut to the skinny – at last week’s City Council Meeting, the City of Hoboken formally confirmed that this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and festivities will take place on Saturday, March 6th, 2010.

Despite discussion last year about possibly canceling or moving the Parade to a Sunday, the events will commence, due to “acts being booked” and other reasons (in other words, they were “too late”…)

Police Chief Anthony Falco, Sr. (who’s doing a fabulous job so far) – indicated that plans are being made to roll out nearly 100% of the police force on that day to ensure the safety, peace and order for the city’s residents.

If this sounds all fine and dandy to you, then no reason to read on.

However, if you think there’s more to this story…

But many unanswered questions remain!!

While I applaud the efforts of the Hoboken Police Department (on events like the 2009 Macy’s Fireworks which were held right in the Hudson River), some deeper questions need to be asked about this annual tradition:

  • Tickets as budget gap revenue? It’s one thing to issue the proper summonses and deal with unruly drunks each year. It’s an entirely different situation to “bait and switch,” and encourage drinking for the purpose of earning money for the city. One way to show that the city isn’t in it “just for the money,” is to create a high-profile public awareness campaign. Residents don’t just want $1000 tickets handed-out, they want less disruption, destruction and retardation in general (which is priceless). Some suggested PR campaign ideas are:
    • GIANT signs at all major entrances to Hoboken for at least a week prior to the parade. Warnings about $1000 tickets, arrests, and the zero-tolerance policy.
    • Advertising fliers on public transportation (buses, PATH, NJ Transit and Taxis)
    • A commercial on Cablevision and local news channels. And not just a dopey politician or spokesperson. Make it a GOOD commercial. Showing drunken buffoons partying and acting like idiots. Then show them getting roughed up and arrested by police officers. Include a high-energy soundtrack, fancy graphics and a stern warning. You need to reach the right demographic, you know what I’m saying?
  • Why did we wait so long? Funny, after last year’s debacle, the discussion quickly rose about what to do this year. However, with all the politicking and campaigning – it seems our elected officials dropped the ball. And why does the “St. Patrick’s Day Committee” have the final word? If we want to change the day of the parade now, then we should very well do that. They booked the acts? Too bad. Just another shining example of how “on the ball” our current administration is.
  • 100% Double Shift Cops? One thing that concerns me about having an entire day with every single Hoboken Police Officer on duty – is what happens the NEXT SHIFT? What you’ll have then is 100% of the cops that are all tired and on their second shift. What does that say? Will the city be extra susceptible the next day? Are there any liabilities to be worried about? Can we get help from other municipalities? Possibly even for less than overtime HPD officers?

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  1. BarbaraR56 says:

    Though I am not Irish, I do appreciate the Irish celebrating their heritage. What I don’t appreciate is how some of them choose to celebrate. Public urination, fornication, profanity does not represent a proud ethnicity, it detracts from its heritage. The parade was formulated to celebrate standing traditions, not give the Irish a bad name. Not all of the Irish are alcoholics, as not all Italians are “Mafiosi”.
    Respect your heritage, boast its pride, not its degradation. Be happy, be safe, be responsible.

    • DEADMAU5 says:

      Whats wrong with fornication? Like you never took a risk and did a little public scene yourself? I agree that the other mentioned offenses are bad but PDA is pretty cool thing in my honest opinion

      In response to BarbaraR56 who said:

      Though I am not Irish, I do appreciate the Irish celebrating their heritage. What I don’t appreciate is how some of them choose to celebrate. Public urination, fornication, profanity does not represent a proud ethnicity, it detracts from its heritage. The parade was formulated to celebrate standing traditions, not give the Irish a bad name. Not all of the Irish are alcoholics, as not all Italians are “Mafiosi”.
      Respect your heritage, boast its pride, not its degradation. Be happy, be safe, be responsible.

  2. hobokenj says:

    have they lifted the ban on what time bars can open? I know most think its helpfull not allowing bars to let people in before 11am but it makes it worse. People drink much slower in the bar. The cost, strength of drinks and time you wait for a drink cuts down on how drunk people get.

  3. animal_lover says:

    If New Orleans had the attitude of neauvou Hobokenites, there would be fines for Mardi Gras revelers. Consider that the coffers would be better served with expansion of good will that brings nonresidents back to the hurting restaurants and bars.

    • Boken Pug says:

      I agree – if NO was like Hoboken, Mardi Gras would not exist. However, in NO, f you get caught fighting or pissing in the street (Hoboken’s problem on St. paddy’s day), you spend all of carnival in jail – not to be released/processed until Wednesday morning.

      Also, Orleans Parish brings in police from all over the surrounding area (La. state police, La. and Mississippi cities, etc). Hoboken St. Paddy’s day problems are a drop in the bucket compared to Mardi Gras.

      Also, to continue the comparison, New Orleans has embraced its corruption. Laissez le bon temp rouler.

      In response to animal_lover who said:

      If New Orleans had the attitude of neauvou Hobokenites, there would be fines for Mardi Gras revelers. Consider that the coffers would be better served with expansion of good will that brings nonresidents back to the hurting restaurants and bars.

      • xtreme says:

        When I was in Mardi Gras there were cops from all over LA – including corrections officers and “Agents” – patrolling everything. I know its a pipe dream but Hoboken St. Pat’s would be better off if they ask for help from NJTPD, PAPD, Steven’s PD, Hudson Sheriff’s Department, and NJSP. All of these’s PD’s I just listed have some authority in at least some parts of Hoboken.

        BUT…who’s going to pay for it :)

        In response to Boken Pug who said:

        I agree – if NO was like Hoboken, Mardi Gras would not exist. However, in NO, f you get caught fighting or pissing in the street (Hoboken’s problem on St. paddy’s day), you spend all of carnival in jail – not to be released/processed until Wednesday morning.

        Also, Orleans Parish brings in police from all over the surrounding area (La. state police, La. and Mississippi cities, etc). Hoboken St. Paddy’s day problems are a drop in the bucket compared to Mardi Gras.

        Also, to continue the comparison, New Orleans has embraced its corruption. Laissez le bon temp rouler.

      • hobokenj says:

        The problem is the town needs to ban the drinking in public law from Say Pier A down to Sinatra drive or just all of sinatra drive. Now you would have a large police presence in one area as well as most of the people from in and out of town. Allow bars to set up tents at cost to the city along the route and along the pier. The tent costs cover additional police and porta johns.

        embrace the celebration and it would go a lot smoother. Putting everyone in one geographical area is so much smarter than house parties throughout town.

        In response to xtreme who said:

        When I was in Mardi Gras there were cops from all over LA – including corrections officers and “Agents” – patrolling everything. I know its a pipe dream but Hoboken St. Pat’s would be better off if they ask for help from NJTPD, PAPD, Steven’s PD, Hudson Sheriff’s Department, and NJSP. All of these’s PD’s I just listed have some authority in at least some parts of Hoboken.

        BUT…who’s going to pay for it :)

      • pawzclawz says:

        Who will foot the bill for such extensive police assistance is the magic question isn’t it?

        In response to xtreme who said:

        When I was in Mardi Gras there were cops from all over LA – including corrections officers and “Agents” – patrolling everything. I know its a pipe dream but Hoboken St. Pat’s would be better off if they ask for help from NJTPD, PAPD, Steven’s PD, Hudson Sheriff’s Department, and NJSP. All of these’s PD’s I just listed have some authority in at least some parts of Hoboken.

        BUT…who’s going to pay for it :)

    • pawzclawz says:

      Am I understanding you correctly? Are you saying that no fines should be imposed period? Residents and Non-residents can come for parade day reek all sorts of havoc on the town and move on with no consequences? Just so the bars and restaurants do well for one day? I’m not trying to be nasty. I’m just trying to understand what you mean.

      In response to animal_lover who said:

      If New Orleans had the attitude of neauvou Hobokenites, there would be fines for Mardi Gras revelers. Consider that the coffers would be better served with expansion of good will that brings nonresidents back to the hurting restaurants and bars.

    • whineanddineinhob says:

      According to an ABCNews Report, there were 650 “fewer” arrest during Mardi Gras this year compared to 2009. Can you imagine the accual arrest total? Charges ranged from lewd conduct, public drunkenness and disturbing the peace.
      If your speaking tolerance in Hoboken, I have no idea what you’d be referring to.

      In response to animal_lover who said:

      If New Orleans had the attitude of neauvou Hobokenites, there would be fines for Mardi Gras revelers. Consider that the coffers would be better served with expansion of good will that brings nonresidents back to the hurting restaurants and bars.

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