Get your Irish on – Hoboken style!

City of Hoboken announces:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 4:00-10:00 p.m.
“Craic agus Ceol”—Good times and great music!
Following the unfortunate cancellation of the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a number of residents volunteered to work with the City of Hoboken to organize a grassroots celebration of Irish-American culture with the aim of providing a variety of entertainment for the entire community to enjoy.The first of what is planned to be an annual Hoboken Irish Cultural Festival will be held on Wednesday, March 14 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sinatra Park on Hoboken’s scenic waterfront.
The event will feature Irish sport, dance, music, and food and is free and open to all ages. Proceeds from concessions will go to the Hoboken Shelter and Hoboken American Legion.
“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,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.
“With the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Parade recently cancelled, as an Irish-American Hobokenite, I have to say I was saddened,” said Chris Halleron, a lead organizer of the event. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately reached out to Lea Simone, Marc Gianotti, and Scott Katz — who run The Pier Sessions, which is an ongoing concert series at the Shipyard Marina. Their model of a grassroots community concert with proceeds going to charity really established the framework for this event. In running this idea past Hoboken’s City Hall, they were immediately supportive and enthusiastic, so we joined forces to produce the event at Sinatra Park.”
The event will kick-off at 4 pm at the Little League Field with a demonstration of the Gaelic sport of Hurling from the Hoboken Guards, the city’s GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) affiliated hurling squad—now entering their second season. Following the scrimmage, a youth clinic will be held for anyone interested in learning more about this fast-paced Irish pastime.
Entertainment will start at 6 p.m with a performance by the Traditional Irish Step Dancers from The Garden Street School of the Performing Arts (1018 Washington Street, 201-683-7078.
Music will follow with an acoustic set from Hoboken Irish-American artist Will O’Connor. Dublin’s George Murphy takes the stage next, delivering a gritty set of traditional Irish seisún music. Finally, New Jersey’s Paddy and the Pale Boys take the stage, performing their own hard-charging, uniquely styled Irish-American sound.
The event is free to the public. Proceeds from concessions will be donated via the Dr. Atlas Foundation to The Hoboken Shelter for the homeless and Hoboken American Legion Post 107, which runs an Adopt-A-Soldier program to deliver care packages to U.S. armed forces personnel overseas.
Personally, I’m pretty excited by the event,” added Halleron. “I’ve lived here for nearly 15 years—and spent most of that time working behind the bar. It would be nice to get out and actually enjoy the St. Patrick’s celebration in my own town for a change, and I bet there are a number of people in this town who feel the same way.”
Please join us on Wednesday, March 14 at Sinatra Park to celebrate Hoboken’s Irish-American heritage. 

Céad míle fáilte!!!(One hundred-thousand welcomes)

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