What drunkenness in Hoboken?
Drunks dance past Hoboken Mayor as she talks about “less drunks”
As Dawn Zimmer says “It’s a different feel from last year and I’m not seeing the level of drunkenness…” a gorilla with a leprechaun hat goes strutting & dancing behind her, clearly intoxicated.
Our Mayor thinks it’s normal to have drunk gorillas milling around town!
Why was Lepre-Con not as bad as the St. Patrick’s Parade in Hoboken?
We believe there were many factors that led to the relative tameness of this past weekend’s activities versus previous years.
In no particular order:
- Limited scope. The St. Patrick’s Parade was an ethnic celebration that everyone could enjoy. It had a solid foundation and a definite “brand name.” Typical “-con” events are usually regarded as bar-crawls for the most part and have no real “soul,” thus less of a “sticky factor.”
- Reduced market. The Lepre-Con event definitely had younger demographics which suppressed attendance. Some estimates put it at around 20% of a typical parade year – and only benefited downtown bars.
- Weather. The soggy start to the morning most certainly staggered the crowds that eventually made it to Hoboken.
- Police vs. Reveler ratio. With the city over-prepared for this event, the mere presence of law enforcement officers on every block served as a decent deterrent. The police state we were in was more suited for the larger scale parade. If there is no parade again next year – expect the police levels to be cut back significantly to save money.
- Negative Hype. This event has received much more negative coverage over the past few years – and probably led to many individuals smartening up and avoiding the risk and thousands of dollars in fines.
- Parking Headaches. Hoboken has also received tons of negative press regarding the woes associated with trying to park in our city, which limited the majority of out of town visitors mode of transport to bus and rail.
- The economy. With prices for everything going up steadily – pure economics may have also lent a hand for keeping the event tame.
- Reduced attendance = reduced house parties. Without a doubt, the number of house parties also went down. Maybe it feels stupid to throw a party for an event that has no anchor other than to drink?
Which factors played the biggest role in your opinion?