Sure there’s still no parade. And yes, people are still not thrilled about the booze fest that is the first Saturday in March. But that is exactly why the Hoboken Irish Festival came to be. As a way for Irish traditions and family fun to meet with authentic music and some cold-flowing spirits — and a little sport as well.
What we have is a well-rounded afternoon for all and not the fall-down travesty that so many Americanized heritage celebrations have become (Cinco de Mayo, St Paddy’s Day, etc). This is meant to be a time of celebration in the truest sense, with a li’l bit of something for everyone to enjoy.
Saturday May 16, 2015
Sinatra Drive Btw 4th and 5th St, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
12:10pm Bagpiper, Colin Nisbet
12:20pm Aherne Sheehan School of Irish Dance
12:40pm Bagpiper, Colin Nisbet
12:50pm Kerri Smith Academy of Irish Dance
1:20pm Garden St. Irish Step Dancers & Emerald Fire
2:00pm Clan Suibhne
2:45pm Announcement of Irish Soda Bread Contest Winner
3:00pm Gold n’ Brown
4:30pm McClean Ave Band
9:00am to 11:00am
Irish Youth Soccer Tournament
Hoboken U7 Travel Players
11:00am to 12:30pm
Youth Hurling Clinic
Hoboken Guards Hurling Club
12:30pm to 5:30pm
Hoboken Guards Women’s Hurling Tournament
Featuring teams from Northeast USA
For The Kids
The event will include face painting, horse and carriage rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, several inflatables, sand art and more.
Food & Drink
In addition to food vendors, there will be a beer garden sponsored by Finnegan’s Pub. In years past, beer drinkers were forced to remain inside a designated, tiny drinking corral. Rumor has it however that this year you will be permitted to walk thru the park with your drink in hand.
On top of all of that, the event will also feature sheep shearing and wool spinning demonstrations and vendors with Irish clothing and crafts.