St. Patty’s Day Primer 2009


With the “biggest” partying day of the year to kickoff bright and early tomorrow morning – here’s some last minute information to help ya out:

It costs money to be stupid

The Hoboken Police have a “zero tolerance” policy on St. Patrick’s Day. That means that if you act like a moron (drink on the street, pee where you’re not supposed to, or act “uncivilized” or unruly) you will be fined to the max. That includes $1000 tickets! (over 500 issued in 2007!)

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Speaking of $1000 tickets, with the economy suffering, and the Hoboken budget ballooning, how many tickets do you think they’ll issue this year?


Business: Great for some, not so for others

Naturally, the food and alcohol establishments will see fantastic profits on this day. However, dozens of stores that are normally open for business have chosen to close for the sake of sanity.

I suppose that’s a bit unfair, because bars would never close during a “Hoboken Shopping Frenzy Day” (if there ever was one).

What else should I know?

– Well, it’ll be a nice day – close to 60 degrees! Couldn’t ask for better weather!

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2am, so that’s one less hour for drunks to run wild.

Hoboken411 will be live blogging the day – if you want to participate – just send your twitter name, or bookmark this page with your iPhone starting tomorrow.

NJ Transit has added trains coming to and leaving Hoboken.

Survival Guides

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Some other sites have prepared lists for you to read, such as the “Survival Guide to Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day,” on, a website that allows you to “broadcast” what bar you’re at. Hoboken resident Joshua Nolan wrote the article with some genius pointers such as:

  • “A flask comes in mighty handy (while waiting on line)”
  • The parade is boring: “It’s a parade… yawn. Firecracker, firecracker, sis-boom-bah… where’s my beer.”
  • And sums it up: “You will see a fight. You will get in a fight. You will see a girl pee herself. You will step in puke. You will buy shamrock beads. You will drink a Guinness. You will fall down. You will have one of the best times you’ve ever had, partying your balls off. ‘Nough said.”

You can read the rest of his tips at

And of course, another Hobokenite, Furey, updated his annual guide to Hoboken St. Patty’s Day on as well.

Whatever you do – have a nice day!

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Saturday, March 7, 2009 12:02 pm

I am hiding out inside all day. But I’ll have my camera ready to take pics of the nonsense from my front windows (on first st).

Saturday, March 7, 2009 11:11 am

Kids First – Kickoff – Tomorrow, Sunday March 8 -2-5 Maxwells Nice Irish Girls Running.

By 2 the hangovers will have worn off – swing by to show support. There will be food… 🙂

Saturday, March 7, 2009 11:07 am

yes, the games have begun. doesnt seem so crazy yet. did the bars open later this year? Last I saw people puking already by this time.

Saturday, March 7, 2009 10:12 am

There were about 50 people in the Newark D&D this morning at 8:15…it was a mob scene. An older woman said to me – why is it so crowded here I was like umm the parade is today. She asked if it started at 9. I just didn’t have the enrgy pre-coffee to explain.

Saturday, March 7, 2009 9:09 am

Great weather, great parade, great time and let’s have great behavior 😛

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