Hoboken's St. Patrick's Day Parade Cancelled? Time for Finnegan's Wake!

Hoboken's St. Patrick's Day Parade Cancelled?  Time for Finnegan's Wake!

January 13, 2012 – by Ed Mecka @edmecka.com

Sadly, the Hoboken St. Patrick's Parade Committee announced that the much anticipated annual parade would be cancelled due to the "City of Hoboken's inability to protect our spectators, bands and participants."

The event is a Hoboken tradition held on the first Saturday of March and attracted hundreds of thousands of celebrants over the past 25 years.   

This year’s event, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2012, would have marked the parade’s 26th anniversary! 

There is still time for the City of Hoboken and Parade Committee to resolve the “public safety” issues. 

In the unlikely event that there is no resolution and the Parade is officially canceled, Hoboken will still have to deal with thousands of celebrants who will still gather in Hoboken on Saturday, March 3, 2012 for the unofficial first  annual “Hoboken Finnegan’s Wake Party”.

Hoboken St. Patrick's Parade Committee

 Dear Hoboken Community,

The Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee met earlier this week to discuss what would have been our 26th annual parade. After a long, arduous and sad meeting, the committee has decided to cancel the 2012 Hoboken St. Patrick's Parade. The City of Hoboken’s inability to protect our spectators, bands and participants led us to this heartbreaking decision.

The parade committee is proud of its traditions and the countless Hobokenites who were honored to march down Washington Street over the years. Since 1986, the first Saturday in March has been a glorious day to honor Saint Patrick and our Irish heritage. We are forever indebted to our long-time sponsors, neighbors and friends who came out to enjoy the day each year.

For those who were not here in the beginning, or think that 26 years is not long enough of a tradition, we remind all that the parade was a strong catalyst in the revitalization of the Hoboken we love so dearly today. There are many opinions on this topic and many who will be surprised by our decision. We chose not to go to court and not to continue to negotiate over the heavy-handedness of one person. The idea of marching in a parade, in the dark, on a week night, is as insulting as it is unreasonable. While we remain devoted to our heritage, we love our city too much to lower ourselves to the level of those who speak from a place of ignorance and ethnic/religious intolerance.

Moving forward, we will proudly consider the gracious invitations we have received from other communities throughout the State of New Jersey to march in their celebrations of Irish heritage. Evidently, there are some elected officials elsewhere in the state who have figured out how to protect their residents during ethnic, religious and other community celebrations.

Like our ancestors before us, some of whom are credited with building Hoboken, we are not “St. Patrick’s Day Irish.” We are committed, proud, and blessed with long memories.

As is our tradition, we cordially invite everyone to worship with us at our Irish Mass honoring Saint Patrick on Saturday, February 25th at 5:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church.

Until we meet again, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always
your back ...”

Sincerely yours,


Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee

Helen A. Cunning Edward T. Cunning Jr. John J. Cunning
Bernadette Cunning Pehrson Joan Smith Cunning John Howe
Jane Cunning Valente Angelo Valente William M. Coughlin
Brian Keller George W. Crimmins, Jr. Billy Noonan
Thomas Kennedy, Jr. Dave Lohmann Mark Critides
Liam Benson Margaret Benson Vincent T. Parker
Kevin Houghton Brian Greene Roy Huelbig
John A. Crowe Bill Goggins Geraldine Calligy
Brian McCarthy Jimmy Wallington Buddy Matthews
Eileen Foley Tom Foley Kay Rowan
John Casler Frank Kelman Maureen Kelman
Dick England Mary Fallon S.C. Kim Kelman

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