Permit-con: How to handle organized mass-drinking events in Hoboken?
Various special events in Hoboken throughout the year can bring in many people. Other than the twice-a-year Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, which is run by the city, most events are privately organized.
Many others happen as well – like concerts at the pier, and a myriad of charity races, 5K’s, and “city challenges.”
One thing in common with all of these events – is that they require permits from the city. Because they’re being held on public sidewalks and streets, and often result in road closures and the need for additional police presence. Heck, even single block-parties require bureaucratic paperwork from the city.
Leprecon, Santa-con, Cupid-con, what about them?
Since the St. Patrick’s Day Parade had been canceled by the city – a new (albeit smaller) event has taken it’s place: Leprecon.
We asked the city of Hoboken if those (what amount to as) “bar crawls” require permits – and their answer was no. Because they’re on private property, and no roads are closed. Also, we wanted to speak to the Leprecon organizers – but they haven’t gotten back to us at press time.
But what about the mayhem that ensues?
Hoboken411 and Hoboken Internet Radio’s Alice Stockton-Rossini sat down with Society Madonna Dei Martiri President John Sciancalepore recently to hear his concerns about who bears the cost of such events. The added police required, and the many arrests and other disruptions that take place, etc.
Maybe the city doesn’t charge because it’s such a cash cow for them?
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