Horse Sense: The Leprecon proof is in, it’s a frat party
What Leprecon proved is that a green t-shirted event on the first Saturday in March is all about having a frat party in Hoboken, paid for by the Mile Square City.
|Frat boy’s dream lepreconette|
Around town it was clear the lower numbers of youngsters doing their own version of a toga party gave law enforcement a fighting chance. In recent years, Hoboken’s police and fire were literally flying around in an attempt to prevent the worst of amateur hour by beer guzzling youth unsure of where the line was and often crossing it, leaving wreckage in their wake.
While final arrest tallies are not available from the City, the manageable number of people Saturday will translate into far fewer arrests than the 34 last year. MSV anticipates we’ll see a similar if not better outcome with admissions to the hospital. (Last year saw a one day record of hospital admissions including a report of one man with multiple skull fractures.)
It’s abundantly clear that as long as 21 year olds have disposable income, Hoboken will be a destination for them to dispose of their money in its bars. The bars will do everything to accommodate them short of not charging them an entrance fee the one day in the year when potential customers pour off the PATH and say take me to your bar which happens to be the walking distance between a bartender and where three girls line up outside.
Hoboken had its biggest frat party yesterday. A lot of people had a good time and Hoboken residents weren’t held hostage for it. Some would call that a win-win. Others, well others will complain. In Hoboken that’s hardly new but most residents are not going to want to go back to good old bar days.
|One of the few real clashes between police and a Leprecon. The show of force had a demonstrative effect.|
Talking Ed Note: As MSV is looking into more details of the bar crawl, it’s clear this was a very young crowd. It produced a double edged sword with many leaving early and the event slowing down about midnight. You didn’t have the hard core older drinkers who later become angry drunks. Many of the Leprecons are borderline legal and others aren’t just based on their twitter, describing themselves as 20 years old, psychology major, etc. Fake ID is at its highest success rates these days and they are so good that companies offer free replacements if they are taken away.
As for the lepreconette pictured above, maybe she’s 21. Or maybe not. But she’s hardly alone either way.