Hoboken Italian Festival

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

27 Responses

  1. emarche says:

    I don’t know about an 800 pound Madonna, but I definitely saw more than a few 300+ pound fatties at the festival. What’s with these people? When you can’t see your own feet, don’t you think it’s time to put down the Zeppoles, sausages and cheesesteaks?

  2. Tobytobs says:

    I attempted to have a good time – but I must say – I spent more time wading through crowds of people (that don’t know how to walk) then I did “enjoying” myself.

    They need to spread things out more too keep the pedestrian traffic from becoming the main attraction.

  3. emarche says:

    What they need to do is make it more Italian and less Wildwood-ish. If that’s what passes for “Italian Culture” (it isn’t)…wow.

  4. MidnightRacer says:

    An 800 pound Madonna and a group of 300 lbs fatties each begin moving at 5 mph in opposite directions along River Road from an origin point at sinatra park.

    A zeppole cart, a sausage cart, and a cheese steak cart all travel towards the steps of the amphitheater, toppling over the steps, knocking unconscious all 3 vendors and scattering hot zeppoles, sausages, and cheese steaks over area encompassing 5 feet in diameter.

    What is the distance between the group of 300 lbs fatties and the food?

  5. MidnightRacer says:

    answer – the distance is that as measured by the span of 5 fingers

  6. rapperd says:

    Well, I’m glad they still had that tent selling the italian techno music… I feel like that’s the only thing that keeps this italian in the least…
    Half the booths were the same from the st anns feast, just there to peddle their greasy vittles to the unsuspecting populace… I didn’t know kielbasa served out of a polish food truck became italian…
    Don’t call it an italian festival if it’s not at least italian themed… Just call it the river festival or something…

  7. emarche says:

    The funniest thing is: the Polish food was the best food at the festival!!!

    That’s the second time I’ve gotten something to eat at their trailer/truck and the second time they’ve knocked it right out of the park. THAT is what good fair food is like.

    What about the vendor selling all those weird mirror-things?

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