Hoboken is divided into several factions leading into the event. At the City Council the public face was welcoming of the bar owner's efforts but not everyone is feeling swell about the annual takeover which has the feel of mardi gras without the New Orleans style music to go with it.
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St Patrick's Day Parade isn't the Irish Saint. Just saying.
A priest at Our Lady of Grace is sympathetic to the Hoboken parade committee and used the pulpit to defend human rights noting two alleged rapes "didn't materialize" and blamed the mayor for not compromising with the parade committee which threatened to sue the City in December if the mayor did not capitulate to their demand for a Saturday parade.
That meeting went over with the mayor like a lead balloon. The parade committee issued their attack on the mayor with anti-Irish and anti-Catholic overtones proudly signed off on by each of them saying they love Hoboken so much they wouldn't be insulted with a weekday parade and "lower (themselves) to the level of those who speak from a place of ignorance and ethnic/religious intolerance."
Can you feel the unity?
Last year the hospital saw a record day of admissions including one person with life-threatenging multiple head fractures. Two City employees driving off Washington Street interceded in an attack on a woman from behind, (we'll leave out what they were doing to her clothing).
There's been no outcry from the public after the parade ended but stated sadness for those who marched with family are angry their "tradition" is cancelled. The City is stepping up law enforcement efforts without the parade and there's some talk of the county jail being a staging point for those who are arrested. No catch and release this time.
The public is mostly indifferent; tired of the destruction, tired of the town being overrun and fed up with the attitude they should remain silent and hostages in their own homes. Even MORTe hasn't launched its typical partisan attack proving doing so isn't a winner.
Meanwhile the City prepares itself for the invasion of muffin tops and enough frat boys to bring joy to bars across town. The voices of the Anti's are geared up to blame the mayor for another raucous event but may be disappointed as St. Patrick is anointing the town with rain for Saturday, meaning Hoboken will be seeing an army of wet muffin tops.
Let us pray.