Hoboken public safety director calls for end to St. Pat's Parade
Mar 09, 2009 | 2993 views | 3 3 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Hoboken Public Safety Director Bill Bergin said because of the injuries and dangers surrounding partying the Saturday of Hoboken's St. Patrick's Day Parade, the event should be canceled, according to an article in the Jersey Journal. Others say they should move it to a weekday so it doesn't become a day-long mile-square beerfest.

According to the newspaper, "Hoboken police reported more than 80 injuries in connection with the St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday and issued 376 summonses, including 220 for open alcohol and 52 for public urination."

City officials are holding meetings this week that should determine changes that will be made for next year. We'll update you when we know the outcome.

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ktrain
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March 16, 2009
Never mind the 12,000 arrested adolescents that look forward to the overindulgence, what about the majority of residents and homeowners who batten down the hatches and wait out the extended frat parties?

If you want to celebrate St. Pat's Day on a day other than March 17th, make it a weekday.
Paulis
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March 09, 2009
Why doesn't the city try to manage the event to everyone's benefit rather than take such an adversarial roll. Why not charge the bars for MANY portapotties so people don't have to go off the balcony or on the street. There have to be ways to make this event pay for the city and the merchants without letting the kids go totally out of control or the city turning the place into a police state.
chrisitnemc621
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March 09, 2009
this is one of the most anticipated events of the year for people in the 21-30 demographic... not only will the business owners of hoboken be dramatically effected by the cancellation of this event.. you will stand to deteriorate the spirit of the season for the more than 12,000 people that look forward to this event every year...