Hoboken announced the details of the inaugural “Hoboken Irish Cultural Festival,” the event that will take the place of the now-canceled St. Patrick’s Day parade as the city’s celebration of Irish culture.
The festival will be held on Wednesday, March 14 — three days before St. Patrick’s Day — from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sinatra Park on Hoboken’s waterfront. The festival will feature an exhibition of Irish sport, dance, music, and food.
The event was put together by city residents who worked to put a plan together and presented their idea to city officials.
“As soon as I found out of the canceled parade I was bummed, but then I thought, let’s just take this in a different direction,” said Hoboken resident Christopher Halleron, an organizer for the event.
Halleron said he spoke with the organizers behind the Pier Sessions concert series at the Shipyard Marina to put together a similar event featuring a variety of activities meant for all ages. He noted that proceeds from the event are to be donated to charity.
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, in a statement, praised the efforts of those who organized the event.
“I thank our residents who took the initiative to lead this event, and I invite all of our community to come enjoy and experience Irish culture,” she said.
Organizers still are talking with various concessioners about participating in the festival.
The event is planned to start at 4 p.m. at the Little League Field at the Sinatra Park with a demonstration of the Gaelic sport of hurling from the Hoboken Guard, the city’s affiliated hurling squad.
Following the scrimmage, a youth clinic will be held for anyone wanting to learn more information about the sport.
Entertainment, which gets under way at 6 p.m., will include traditional Irish Step Dancers from The Garden Street School of the Performing Arts and Irish-American musical acts later that night such as Will O’Connor, George Murphy, and Paddy and the Pale Boys.
Proceeds from concessions sold at the festival will go to the Hoboken Shelter and the Hoboken American Legion, organizers said.
BY: Travis Fedschun/Jersey Journal