9/10/2007:

Quick 3 minute overview of the festival and the fireworks. See some more submitted pictures after the jump.


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Some more pictures from 411 reader Misty:

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9/4/2007:
Now that the unofficial end of summer has passed us, what better time to have a four-day gluttonous food, drink and entertainment extravaganza in Hoboken!

Starting this Thursday, and running through Sunday is the 81st annual Hoboken Italian Festival, held near Frank Sinatra Park.

Cannoli’s, sausage & peppers, deep fried zeppole’s, booze, bands, eating contests and much much more. Be sure to swing by a couple times. Two things to definitely check out: The fireworks on Saturday, and return of “Krystal” on Sunday!

Here’s last years Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri.

FULL SCHEDULE BELOW!

Hoboken Italian Festival

Thursday September 6, 2007

Friday September 7, 2007

  • 5:00pm: Festival Opens
  • 6:00–9:00pm: Youth Gone Wild – Kids That Rock
  • 9:30–11:00pm: Tribute to Bon Jovi

Saturday September 8, 2007

  • 11:00am: Mass (St. Francis Church)
  • 12 Noon: Festival Opens
  • 1:00pm: Bloomfield 22-Piece Mandolin Orchestra
  • 1:00-4:00pm: Procession through Hoboken Streets
  • 2:30pm: “I Vignarul” – Gruppo di ricerca folklorico di Pignola (Folk Group from Pignola, Italy)
  • 4:00pm: Fleet Blessing – Pier A Park:
    Experience TRUE Italian culture today from this 600+ year tradition first started by fishermen in the coastal city of Molfetta, Italy (Bari Region). Walk along as an 800lb. statue of the Madonna processes through the historic streets of Hoboken from St. Francis Church (following 11:00am Mass) to Pier A (and the Hudson River). Then partake in the Blessing of the Fleet as the Madonna is placed on a boat and floats in the Hudson blessing
    all boats and ships near by.
  • 4:00pm: Gigolo Johnny
  • 6:00pm: “Millennia” – Playing a mix of yesterday’s and today’s top Italian hits
  • 7:30pm: “I Vignarul” (again)
  • 8:30 pm: Cannoli Eating Contest
  • 9:00 pm: Fireworks (by Castiglione) – see a short video of the fireworks from last year. The best in town. Bring earplugs!
  • 9:30 pm: “Millennia” (again)

Sunday September 9, 2007

  • 12 Noon: Festival Opens
  • 12:30-2:30 pm: Hoboken Acoustic Jam
  • 3:00-4:00 pm: “Krystal” – The reunion of one of Hoboken’s most popular bands
  • 4:30pm: Grape Stomp Contest
  • 5:30pm: Johnny Contardo – Former Lead Singer of Sha Na Na!
  • 7:00pm: “The Brooklyn Reunion” – Ultimate Doo Wop Triple Play. Starring The Emotions, The Excellents and The Classics
  • 10:00pm: Grand Raffle Drawing