What drunkenness in Hoboken?

Drunks dance past Hoboken Mayor as she talks about “less drunks”

A Hoboken411 sent this tip in, regarding a news clip from Fox 5 News yesterday regarding the Hoboken Lepre-Con party this past weekend.

As Dawn Zimmer says “It’s a different feel from last year and I’m not seeing the level of drunkenness…” a gorilla with a leprechaun hat goes strutting & dancing behind her, clearly intoxicated.

Our Mayor thinks it’s normal to have drunk gorillas milling around town!

Lepre-Con Turns Hoboken Green: MyFoxNY.com

Why was Lepre-Con not as bad as the St. Patrick’s Parade in Hoboken?

We believe there were many factors that led to the relative tameness of this past weekend’s activities versus previous years.

In no particular order:

  • Limited scope. The St. Patrick’s Parade was an ethnic celebration that everyone could enjoy. It had a solid foundation and a definite “brand name.” Typical “-con” events are usually regarded as bar-crawls for the most part and have no real “soul,” thus less of a “sticky factor.”
  • Reduced market. The Lepre-Con event definitely had younger demographics which suppressed attendance. Some estimates put it at around 20% of a typical parade year – and only benefited downtown bars.
  • Weather. The soggy start to the morning most certainly staggered the crowds that eventually made it to Hoboken.
  • Police vs. Reveler ratio. With the city over-prepared for this event, the mere presence of law enforcement officers on every block served as a decent deterrent. The police state we were in was more suited for the larger scale parade. If there is no parade again next year – expect the police levels to be cut back significantly to save money.
  • Negative Hype. This event has received much more negative coverage over the past few years – and probably led to many individuals smartening up and avoiding the risk and thousands of dollars in fines.
  • Parking Headaches. Hoboken has also received tons of negative press regarding the woes associated with trying to park in our city, which limited the majority of out of town visitors mode of transport to bus and rail.
  • The economy. With prices for everything going up steadily – pure economics may have also lent a hand for keeping the event tame.
  • Reduced attendance = reduced house parties. Without a doubt, the number of house parties also went down. Maybe it feels stupid to throw a party for an event that has no anchor other than to drink?

Which factors played the biggest role in your opinion?

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6 Comments on "What drunkenness in Hoboken?"

tigerpac
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tigerpac

“Reduced attendance = reduced house parties. Without a doubt, the number of house parties also went down. Maybe it feels stupid to throw a party for an event that has no anchor other than to drink?”

Nope, didn’t feel stupid to have a party. Getting friends together is ‘archor’ enough for me. Had a great time without incident, thank you very much.

I’m glad things went smoothly – seems to me that people who wanted to go out and have a good time were able to and people who wanted to avoid the crowds were also able to.

CapnJon
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CapnJon

Yep, the Seaside Parade (one of the largest in the state) is very much a calmer affair – but still tons of fun every time we’ve been!

CapnJon
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CapnJon

The Belmar Parade has been really great and under control for the past few years…. as has the Seaside Heights Parade (surprisingly).

Heck, even the gigantic Jersey City St Patrick’s Day Parade sees no troubles during the Parade….

It’s a shame the actions of people who just want to get wasted ruins the efforts and fun for those of us who just want to celebrate our heritage here in Hoboken…. i’m still angry that Zimmer got the parade cancelled because of “safety concerns”, but then increased security and portapotties for a freaking bar crawl instead. Way to go Zimmer. We know you already hate Catholics, now it’s good to know you hate the Irish as well….

klaatu
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klaatu

Seaside Heights’ St. Patrick’s Day parade, which is next Satuday, is usually a much calmer affair. For one thing, the “bennies” from North Jersey and NY don’t really attend. They come to Hoboken in the winter. It’s much more of an event for locals… Also, the lack of public transportation means people have to drive home, so they can’t stumble home on the train. There’s also not a large number of house parties.[quote comment=”214453″]The Belmar Parade has been really great and under control for the past few years…. as has the Seaside Heights Parade (surprisingly).Heck, even the gigantic Jersey City St Patrick’s Day Parade sees no troubles during the Parade….It’s a shame the actions of people who just want to get wasted ruins the efforts and fun for those of us who just want to celebrate our heritage here in Hoboken…. i’m still angry that Zimmer got the parade cancelled because of “safety concerns”, but then increased security and portapotties for a freaking bar crawl instead. Way to go Zimmer. We know you already hate Catholics, now it’s good to know you hate the Irish as well….[/quote]

cptpappy
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cptpappy

Anyone happen to take notice on the news or the papers about the parade’s around the state, specifically in Belmar?
Belmar used to have its own ‘idiot’ problem with youngsters (or Bennies as the refer to people as). The Mayor, Council, bar and business owners and most importantly the citizens, cleaned up the town. Never here of any problems with their parade and the bar owners report very few problems.

Zimmer and the council whore themselves out to the bars….the bars (and rightfully so) just see $$$……look at the news reporrts and see the party people coming out of the PATH Terminal. If Zimmer and company didn’t endorse the event, why order all the portopotty’s? If a business owner felt a loss for the day, didn’t they have a right to market their busness to maximize for the foot traffic, or didn’t Ms. Darrah the organizer offer any marketing tips for the day (Is that her in the picture taking a piss?)

The $$$ for the bars=re-election dollars to the mayor and council……..

And what if it snowed? Would the bar owners want rain date, or did they forget St Patty’s day is a Saturday (and whats with this St. Patrick day season? A season for what-liver disease from drinking all month?)

grewupwrespect
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grewupwrespect

So 2 days after the drunken spectacle and I’m still stepping over your mess. Didn’t your parents teach you to clean up after yourself? Probably not, cause they’re still wiping you ass. Invite you’re mom and dad to Hoboken for one of these events. Bet they would be proud of you.

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