Drinking: Hoboken Leprecon St. Patrick’s Day
Hoboken Leprecon St. Patrick’s Day March 2nd
Last year marked the first time in decades that the annual “first Saturday in March” drink-fest parade didn’t take place. Local bar owners tried organizing socially to create a replacement puke parade by creating “Leprecon” event – which encouraged people to dress in green and drink in protest of the canceled parade.
It didn’t quite work out too well, as attendance was about a quarter of what it typically was when the parade took place. I guess most people felt idiotic dressing up with no “official” event taking place, although there were kilts and bagpipes to be spotted.
The city administration offered the parade committee alternate dates to hold their traditional parade – either on a Wednesday – or actual St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on a Sunday this year. The committee refused, likely offering the same justification as last year (“the big name bands are booked elsewhere.”) However, I wonder why they’re being so stubborn? The committee had a year to book talent for the parade – and could easily have had a “star-studded” event. The Irish hold big-time grudges, I guess.
So now for the second year in a row – Leprecon is back on Saturday, March 2nd. Not sure if it’ll meet or beat last year’s attendance, but you can bet that bar owners have had longer to hype it up within their social circles. Some bar owners I spoke with actually don’t even like the unruly event, but nonetheless have to participate.
Additionally, other bar owners felt slighted by the city, because the parade is always profitable for them – and especially needed now since many suffered tremendous damage from Hurricane Sandy.
But at the same time, many residents (especially parents) don’t like the single day of mayhem – and some even leave town for the day.
What are you doing on March 2nd?