Organizers Cancel Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Parade

HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Irish eyes won’t be smiling in Hoboken on St. Patrick’s Day this year.

Web Extra: Letters from Mayor Zimmer to the parade committee March 2011 | Dec 2011 (pdfs)

The parade committee has decided to cancel what would have been their 26th annual parade after the city decided to hold the event on a Wednesday instead of the first Saturday in March.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond On The Story

In a letter on its website, the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee said, “The City of Hoboken’s inability to protect our spectators, bands and participants led us to this heartbreaking decision.”

“The idea of marching in a parade, in the dark, on a week night, is as insulting as it is unreasonable,” the committee added.

EXTRA: Read The Committee’s Letter

Mayor Dawn Zimmer decided to move the day of the parade last year saying it was necessary to “reduce the amount of partying that occurs” on a day which traditionally includes heavy drinking. The bars begin serving at 9 a.m. on parade day.

Zimmer tells 1010 WINS the aftermath of the parade has gotten out of control.

“Last year it reached a fever pitch with high levels of property damage, urination on the streets and people’s homes, reports of sexual assaults, there were flower pots that were even thrown on our firemen when they responded to a call,” Zimmer said.

During last year’s festivities, police made 34 parade-related arrests and issued 296 citations for urinating in public, carrying open containers of alcohol and other violations.

Many residents have complained they don’t feel safe walking around during the parade and some even leave town to avoid the debauchery.

“Last year we had every police officer possible on duty…we had as much security as we could possibly have and it wasn’t enough,” Zimmer said. “It’s my job to protect Hoboken residents and that’s what this decision is all about.”

The committee said it is considering invitations from other communities to march in their celebrations.

Are you shocked by the decision? Let us know below…

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  1. Raring2Go says:

    Good decision Dawn Zimmer……..I drove through Hoboken during last years parade and I agree it gets way out of control.

  2. Amtracmarine says:

    Sick of PC , How is this move Anti-White,Anti-Irish or PC???

  3. guinness says:

    Thousands of Irish American people for years/decades have been fed up with these parades. Zimmerman?………………. sounds plenty Irish to me!

  4. Sick of PC says:

    Let’s face it. It doesn’t pay to be white anymore in major metropolitan areas. I would love to see her hassle other ethnic groups the way she did the Irish – but we know it won’t happen.

  5. Drunk punks says:

    They should cancel the staten island parade,drunk kids all over the place,drunk fdny jerks in uniform starting fights and urinating all over forest ave

  6. ShotgunPaddy says:

    Hoboken should look in the mirror. Look, it is a one mile-square town with a bar on EVERY CORNER! It is just a bunch of college kids who overindulge every weekend of the year anyway. Cheap beer means cheap clientelle, like Bahama Mammas. Why would it surprise the mayor if this happens ten-fold on St. Patrick’s Day?

  7. None Of Your Business says:

    Glad the parade is cancelled. Means fewer out-of-control, obnoxious, scary drunks littering the streets. Wish they’d cancel the one in NYC.

  8. Herschel McYamulke says:

    Good job Zimmer! I dn’t need all those college students pulling on my funny side burns and making fun of my insane cult like religion

  9. JULES says:

    EACH YEAR OPEN BEER BOTTLES AND CUPS LEFT UNATTENDED IN MY APT COMPLEX. DRUNKS DON’T CARE THERE ARE MINOR CHILDREN WHO CAN EASILY PICK UP ONE OF THESE CONTAINERS LEFT UNATTENDED. IT’S SO DIGUSTING TO SEE A DRUNK FEMALE IN THE STREET. DESTRCTION OF PROPERTY THROUGHOUT HOBOKEN. IT’S MISERABLE FOR THE HOBOKEN PEOPLE. I LOVE THE IRISH, BUT CAN YOU PLEASE CELEBRATE YOUR CULTURE WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT!!! THIS IS SUCH A RELEIF TO KNOW FINALLY WE WON’T HAVE ANOTHER YEAR OF THIS AWFUL FOOLISNESS!!! WAY TO GO MAYOR ZIMMERMAN!!!

  10. Amused but not misled says:

    Was this the same mayor indicted and areste? Or the one after that?

    1. ...just plain stupid says:

      Yeah…she’s the one who was indicted and ARRESTED and is serving time behind bars now – and still holding the mayor’s position.

      You’re a f___’ing moron….

  11. Rod Piper says:

    The day was a drunkfest. No one cared about a parade. You could have a parade of elephants going to the circus and the drunks wouldn’t care. What is unfortunate is that most of the trouble was caused by out-of-towners, not Hobokenites. For anyone with an IQ above mentally disabled, the St. Patrick’s Day festivities was a day to spend elsewhere or locked up in your residence. It was just dangerous to be anywhere in South Hoboken that day. Good call by Zimmer, it had become an embarrassment and a stain on the city.

  12. Desmond O'Connell says:

    So, are you saying that the dead have come back to drink and parade and that Zimmer should let them because they built the town? This gives new meaning to, “Dead Drunk”.

  13. bronx kid says:

    somebody should enlighten this dolt Zimmer that it was mostly Irish labor and know-how that built Hoboken

    1. bronxDope says:

      Wow, what a fascinating, comment. Please do go on about the zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      1. Catholic_and_Proud says:

        @Bronx Kid is right, and @bronxDope, well, you’re a dope.

    2. 8staple says:

      Yes you are correct the Irish did build this country and they should be lauded for their efforts but because of drunken spectacles like the Hoboken St Patricks Day parade people only look at the Irish as drunken troublemakers. It is time to change the sterotype

      1. littlestar says:

        Actually the Blacks did help a little. . . .

  14. Angelo says:

    I was born in Hoboken now live in NYC but my family and I still go to Leo’s to eat few times every year. It is a shame what a few drunks can do to give a town a bad name for the most part Hoboken is a great place to live. Maybe the true adults in the town should help get rid of the rowdy drunks.

  15. Desmond O'Connell says:

    As an O’Connell with McCarthy, O’Leary, O’Toole grand parents, I always wondered why the other ethnicities always acted with dignity during and after their parades and we never did? It’s “The Irish Curse”. My late father always said, “If it was not for whiskey, the Irish could rule the world”. BTW I worked NYC parades for over 20 years with the NYPD, so I know what I have seen.

  16. Frat Town Sux says:

    It’s a shame, isn’t it…that Hoboken’s 20-somethings – nothing but a bunch of immature, selfish babies – have spoiled the event for everyone. Good job, kids….thanks. Your parents are SO proud…

  17. The Widowmaker says:

    The town of Hoboken did the right thing. There are too many drunks there.

  18. 8staple says:

    Can’t say I was shocked by this decision. I only attended the parade once and I have to admit it was a disgrace. No one cared about the parade and only drinking. I am Irish and I enjoy a few drinks like everyone else but this parade just perpetuates the stereotype that the Irish are a bunch of drunks

    1. Amused but not misled says:

      HELLOOOOOO lol

    2. William says:

      Wild drinking and public urination are a part of Hoboken, it’s time to put an end to it.

  19. lulu says:

    Very unfair everyone else can have on!!!!!!!!!!!! Stero Typing!!!!

  20. Jean says:

    What makes the authorities think that holding it on a weekday will reduce the amount of drinking? The parade is a celebration of Irish pride, not drinking. No matter when it’s held, those who want to be drunk and disorderly, will do so. Meanwhile, the authorities make a bonehead decision and ruin it for those who peacefully enjoy the parade.

  21. The Widowmaker says:

    Its about time the alcohloics wont bother us

  22. Irv Weinstein says:

    Thank goodness they had the MLK march today! They can’t cancel that it is too important.

    1. littlestar says:

      Yeah, you’re right, somewhat similar to kwanza and also zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Mayor Zimmer has a Wika-pee-dia page but har father in law, the invemtor of the radiant cut diamond, does not ? Don’t tell me Mz. Mayor that he was run over by a drunk Mick on the 17th day of March ! Can’t understand why….. sorry,but it sounds like cultur war. Luv ya !

  23. Paddy McPadderson says:

    Are you shocked by the decision? Let us know below…

    Stunned. I read this as I was eating my potato for breakfast and nearly choked on it.

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