Annual Hoboken Irish Party Recap

2/22/2010:

Parade Chairwoman Cunning pushes back at critics

Our Lady of Grace School Hall was packed last night for the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee’s annual Irish Party. The event raised money needed to pay the marching bands. Founder and Chairwoman Helen Cunning noted the parade has been a Hoboken tradition for nearly a quarter century, honoring Irish Hobokenites from all walks of life. Cunning declared, “For two hours each year we proudly march down Washington Street, and we offer no apologies for that.” Cunning is a former City Councilwoman elected with reform Mayor Tom Vezzetti in the ‘80s.

Her comments were the first public push-back from the parade committee to current council members aligned with Mayor Dawn Zimmer who have repeatedly threatened to cancel the parade.

Newcomers and Old Hoboken alike honored

This year’s Grand Marshall is Bernadette Cunning Pehrson. Hudson County Director of Health and Human Services Carol Ann Wilson is Irishwoman of the Year. Irishman of the Year John Crowe is also the Superintendent of the Woodbridge School District, Italian-American City Clerk Jimmy Farina is the Honorary Irishman of the Year. He opened his speech declaring, “It’s great to be back in Hoboken!” Farina also said, “I think they gave me this honor because they need someone to blame if something goes wrong!” Community Service Awards were given to Patricia Scribner of Patricia’s Yarns and artist Tim Daly, who paints in his Neumann Leather building studio.

Also new this year are the Irish Policeman and Firefighter of the year awards. Detective Nicky Burke and Battalion Chief Brian Greene were given the inaugural honors.

Mayor Zimmer snubs Irish Hobokenites

Zimmer is the first Mayor in recent memory to not make an appearance at the Irish Party. Councilman Peter Cunningham was the only member of the Zimmer majority who showed up. Council members Beth Mason, Nino Giacchi and Terry Castellano attended along with a few hundred Irish (and not so Irish) Hobokenites. People close to the parade committee are annoyed at unelected councilman Michael Lenz’s unsubstantiated claim that the 2-hour event costs Hoboken taxpayers over $100,000. Both Lenz and Zimmer’s Zoning Board Chair Tony Soares are leading the charge to cancel the parade, playing out one of their many political vendettas.

Police Chief Falco attends, works with Parade Committee

Those hoping for a strong dose of law and order to keep the peace after the parade were glad to see Police Chief Anthony P. Falco, Sr. on hand last night. Former Chief Carmen LaBruno – on whose watch some of the worst parade day stories unfolded – was not seen much out of Police Headquarters.

The big day is on the way! Up next for the Parade Committee is the annual Irish Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church at 5pm on Saturday, February 27th, followed by the March 6th parade.

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72 Comments on "Annual Hoboken Irish Party Recap"

justaview
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justaview

Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn’t find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, “Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!”

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

Paddy looked up again and said, “Never mind, I found one.”

DEADMAU5
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DEADMAU5

haha

In response to justaview who said:
Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn’t find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, “Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!”

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

Paddy looked up again and said, “Never mind, I found one.”

Journey
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Journey

When did they start having St Patrick’s Day Parade closer to St. David’s day? Was this how it was always done, if not when did it change, and who were the decision markers?

Stpaddygirl
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I think Buddy should pay the cop that I have seen working crowd control in front of Carlo’s unless he was trying to cut the line which is debatable.

mooshu
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mooshu

And by the way, for those of you who think that we’re going to pay “sky high” taxes as a result of doing away with this parade, think of the taxes you’re paying to employ a ridiculous amount of police force to manage it.

It is a parade that is costly, annoying and has absolutely nothing to do with the Irish, anymore, and more to do with making a mockery out of our town.

mooshu
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mooshu

You know, since bars/restaurants-that-serve-booze make the most money on this day (and simultaneously cause the most problems because they’re f*cking greedy), I’m thinking we should fine bars that serve idiots way, way too much alcohol.

When I took up bartending classes in New York many years ago, I remember our instructor saying that there’s a certain “cut-off” when it came to serving alcohol. That if patrons began to show signs of idiocy, it was perfectly fine to stop serving them what tickled them. And you know what? If I were tending bar, and an idiot behaved erratically, I’d stop serving him/her alcohol.

But it seems that bars and restaurants don’t really do that. They just care about how much they’ll make on that day, and that’s why we have a-holes stumbling onto your stoops to pee and pick fights with random innocents.

So I figure that we be fair. Since we’re going to fine unruly crowds of idiots from all over NJ, and idiots who throw unruly parties, why not fine ALL the bars and restaurants that ALSO contribute heavily to the wreckage left behind by obnoxious “St. Patty’s day” parade attendees?

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