In Hoboken, New Jersey, St. Patrick’s Day comes early each year, specifically on the first Saturday of March. That is when the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade is held.
On the day of the parade, the square mile that makes up Hoboken fills with folks from all over New Jersey. The parade assembles on 14th Street, lines up at noon, and kicks off at one p.m. The parade travels south down Washington Street, which is Hoboken’s main drag.
This year, the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2007. The numerous bars in Hoboken fill up fast, so it is highly recommended that you start drinking first thing in the morning. Popular Irish pubs in Hoboken include: Willie McBride’s, Duffy’s, Sullivan’s, Hobson’s Choice, Green Rock, and McSwiggan’s. Other local bars that will be packed during the St. Patrick’s Parade include: the Black Bear, OddFellows, Texas-Arizona, Mile Square, and Buskers.
Here are some tips to help ensure you won’t be left out in the cold: (1) Plan where you want to go, and get there early; (2) Don’t leave the bar you are at unless it is completely necessary; (3) Choose a bar that serves food so that you don’t need to leave; (4) If you do need to leave, talk to the bouncer at the door and explain you’ll be back soon; and (5) Don’t listen to any of your friends who tell you, “Don’t worry, we’ll get in someplace else.”
Be sure to pace yourself. Don’t become a blubbering mess by two p.m., or you will be thrown out of the bars. Make sure you carry your identification on you at all times, because bartenders won’t serve you without one, even if you look thirty-five. (The Liquor Authority will be out in full force).
The parade is sponsored by the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee, which started in The Shannon Lounge in 1986 under the banner of “Helen Cunning & Friends.” The committee is comprised of a relatively small group of family and friends, and their funds are generated by a local fundraiser known as the St. Patrick’s Irish Party and journal ads.
On Sunday, February 11, 2007, the St. Patrick’s Irish Party will be held from five p.m. to nine p.m. at Our Lady of Grace School Hall, located at the corner of Fourth and Willow Avenue in Hoboken. The party features a hot corned beef and cabbage dinner, live entertainment, and an open bar. Reservations are recommended. The price is $50, and tables of ten are still available. Round the House will be performing live at this year’s Irish Party. Click on the link in the Resources section below for more information.
On Saturday, February 24, 2007, at five p.m., Our Lady of Grace Church will conduct an Irish Mass.
St. Patrick’s Day itself is always an event in Hoboken, New Jersey. Although not nearly as wild as the first Saturday in March, the bars do fill up and the green beer is always flowing.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!