Hoboken Irish Festival 2013

2013 Hoboken Irish Festival: Wednesday, March 13th

Just like last year – an interesting event is taking place on Wednesday, March 13th over at Sinatra Park – the 2nd Annual Hoboken Irish Festival.

You see this event is perplexing – because there are some pretty good things happening like tasty food from Anthony David’s (and associated Bin 14 and On the Flip Side), as well as fun performances from Garden Street School of the Performing Arts, The Prodigals, bagpipe bands and activities for children.

But at the same time – the location and timing of this event is just plain odd. We said this last year – because it’s on a Wednesday, starting at 3pm, the turnout compared to the parade will be minuscule. Which is a shame considering the neat things that will be taking place.

And the location – while beautiful and complete with gorgeous NYC views – is also surrounded by areas in disrepair. Pier C Park is still trashed after Hurricane Sandy, the Sinatra Park soccer field is being gutted, and the Hoboken Little League field has been ripped up.

There has to be a better way, no?

How would you handle facilitating an event like the Hoboken Irish Festival? Or would you just bring back the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade?

Hoboken Irish Festival 2013

6 Responses

  1. 212transplant says:

    I don’t know of any cities that do these things in the middle of the week except during the summer.

  2. Johnboy12 says:

    This festival is a slap in the face to the parade committee. It’s an event that allows the city to say “we don’t hate the Irish.” Meanwhile, they put an event on a school night knt he middle of winter and away from any businesses. It’s obvious that they hate the Irish.

    • homeworld says:

      The parade committee chose not to have a parade on St. Patrick’s Day or Wednesday. They’re the ones that don’t want to compromise out of spite. [quote comment=”219865″]This festival is a slap in the face to the parade committee. It’s an event that allows the city to say “we don’t hate the Irish.” Meanwhile, they put an event on a school night knt he middle of winter and away from any businesses. It’s obvious that they hate the Irish.[/quote]

      • joey maxim says:

        the committee was given an offer they had no choice but to refuse..btw in any other town
        north or south jersey not one clusterf**k…wonder why. 😳 [quote comment=”219870″]The parade committee chose not to have a parade on St. Patrick’s Day or Wednesday. They’re the ones that don’t want to compromise out of spite.[/quote]

  3. Curtishly says:

    More residents would be able to enjoy if it were on a weekend. Having kids isn’t a vacation, and parents are often too busy during the week for events like this. But I suppose the nannies can go and have a good time.

  4. Civic66 says:

    There is no question that the drunkenness and crime associated with the Hoboken St Patrick’s Day Parade had to be dealt with better, but moving the celebration to a Wednesday night is silly. A newspaper article discussing last night’s Irish Festival said a “few hundred Hobokenites” showed up for it. This is nothing compared to the thousands of people that came to Hoboken for the parade. In my opinion this has nothing to do with whether or not Hoboken is properly celebrating Irish heritage, it has to do with tourism. We are missing out on thousands of tourists that bring their money to Hoboken for one day to spend at our local small businesses. You don’t see New Orleans canceling Mardis Gras because of a few bad apples, so bring back the parade and beef up police presence for that day. In the past I have both attended the Hoboken St Patrick’s Day Parade and successfully avoided it when I wanted to. I don’t think it’s too much of an inconvenience to Hoboken residents for one day.

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