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Bar Crawls Keep St. Patrick's Day Tradition Alive in Hoboken

Annual celebration returns Saturday, minus the parade.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo
If one bar crawl wasn't enough to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, there will be at least two organized efforts Saturday in Hoboken.

"Leprecon," which began in 2012 when the the annual St. Patrick's Day parade was canceled due to rowdiness resulting in more than 30 arrests at the 2011 event, will feature bar crawls, Hoboken Leprecon 2014 and Hoboken St. Patrick's Day.

Hoboken St. Patrick's Day, which listed 41 participating bars Friday afternoon, says on its site, "our sole purpose is to unite the Hoboken community on one of the most joyous holidays of the year."

Hoboken Leprecon 2014, which claims to be "the real, the first, the only and original" Leprecon event, listed seven participating bars as of Friday afternoon.

The bar crawls have maintained a St. Patrick's Day tradition in Hoboken as efforts to revive the annual parade have faded. While the city has pushed for the parade to be held on a weekday, the Hoboken St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee said in January that wasn't possible since many of the performers have day jobs.

The parade's sudden halt after a 25-year run has been a "travesty," Bill Coughlin, parade committee spokesman, told NJ.com.
Outofcontrol March 01, 2014 at 11:40 PM
It's good to see that the Mayor still has loyalists like Eric to keep her vile, anti-old Hoboken attitude alive. Bill Coughlin merely expressed his opinion and , since it was contrary to the official position of the Mayor, Eric immediately pounced with nasty, derogatory insults. Maybe next he'll have the Westfield gestapo hunt down the opposition and weed out the Irish sympathizers.
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Carol Harrison March 02, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Since the March 1st is actually St. David's Day (patron Saint of Wales) and March 5th is St. Piran's day (Patron Saint of Cornwall) and March 17th is St. Patrick's Day... How about we organize some sort of Celtic celebration come back stronger. Caber tosses at pier A, pipes, music, dance, art, poetry. How about a hurried contest in the arts. Lets celebrate Celtic culture not just drunkenness.
Carol Harrison March 02, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Mr. Coughlin, I don't know if what I have heard it true or not, perhaps you can educate me. I have heard that the Coughlin family has or had ownership interest in at least one Hoboken Bar.
Carol Harrison March 02, 2014 at 01:36 PM
St. Maughold is the patron of the Isle of Mann and his day is April 25th (he was Irish Prince converted to Christianity by Patrick.) I would mention St. Andrew of Scotland, but that is November. How about nice civilized Whisky tasting and get whiskies from various Celtic places. Borrow some traditions from the Welsh eisteddfod (celebrations of literature, music and performance).

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