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June 10, 2013

Video – New York City Puerto Rican Parade Highlights 6-9-2013

Filed under: New York City,parade — Tags: , — TheBoken @ 11:50 AM

Yesterday was TheBoken.com editor’s birthday. Thanks to all who wished me well on my journey to getting older. It was also the date of the annual NYC Puerto Rican Parade. For those in Hoboken who were trying to get to the Upper East Side and noticed that traffic was backed up, this parade was likely the reason. The NYPD had a number of roads besides 5th Avenue blocked off as well as substantial portions of Central Park. The weather was hot and humid but did not deter revelers along the parade route from enjoying this festive occasion.

NYC Puerto Rican Parade June 9 2013
Here is a brief video clip of the parade from around 71st Street and 5th Avenue on the East Side…

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May 22, 2013

Hoboken Memorial Day Parade Today – 5/22 Starts at 6:30pm

Memorial Day Flag 5-25-2011 Hoboken

Hoboken’s Annual Memorial Day Parade – the oldest continuous parade in New Jersey – will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013. This year marks the 115th year of marching up Washington Street to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

The parade will assemble at 6:00pm and step off at 6:30pm from City Hall (1st Street and Washington Street) and proceed north on Washington Street to the reviewing stand on 10th Street & Washington Street in front of the Hoboken Elks Lodge.

This year the Grand Marshal is Vietnam veteran Tom Brereton. In addition, 7 marching bands, several JROTC Cadet groups from Hudson County, and many Boy Scouts & Girl Scout troops from Hoboken will join the parade.

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April 4, 2013

Hoboken Little League Parade Saturday April 6th at 10am

Hoboken Little League Parade 4-6-2013The Annual Hoboken Little League Parade will be held this Saturday at 10am April 6, 2013. The parade starts at 10 and Washington Street (outside the Elysian Cafe) and works its way down Washington Street to the newly resurfaced Little League field. At the field players, parents and coaches will commemorate this national pastime with the 2013 Hoboken Little League Opening Day Ceremony.

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May 24, 2012

Hoboken Memorial Day Parade 2012 Recap – Photos and Videos

Filed under: Hoboken,parade,Washington Street — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 8:40 AM

Hoboken Memorial Day Parade 2012

The 114th Annual Memorial Day Parade was held yesterday in Hoboken from 6:45pm to about 7:45pm along Washington Street from Newark to 10th Street. This annual tradition honors our veterans and is typically held the Wednesday before Memorial Day. The Hoboken Fire and Police, Hudson County Sherriff, Hoboken High School Band, Hoboken Museum, Elks Lodge, and many other local organizations participated. I recall the parade having a few more entrants in past years but it is always nice to see a manageable parade honor our veterans. The weather while a bit humid, cooperated with no rain. Below are some photos and video from the parade…

Photos from Hoboken Memorial Day Parade 2012:

Video from Hoboken Memorial Day Parade 2012:

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May 23, 2012

March with the Museum in the Memorial Day Parade Tonight May 23rd – Lineup at 6pm

March with the Museum in the Memorial Day Parade Tonight May 23rd – Lineup at 6pm

Hoboken Museum at Memorial Day Parade 5-23-2012

Pay your respects to those who’ve served in defense of our country. Join the Museum this evening for the city’s annual Memorial Parade, Wednesday, May 23. Meet them at City Hall before the Parade between 6:00 pm and 6:15 pm. Look for the Museum banner. The Parade sets off at 6:30 pm and ends at the Elks Club at 10th and Washington. Call the Museum, 201-656-2240 to RSVP, or just join them  at City Hall.

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May 15, 2012

Hoboken Memorial Day Parade Set for 6:45pm Wednesday May 23rd 2012

From the City of Hoboken….

Hoboken’s Annual Memorial Day Parade will take place on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012. The parade will step off at 6:45pm from City Hall (1st and Washington St) and ends at the Hoboken Elks Club (10th and Washington St) for a ten block march. Hoboken’s Memorial Day Parade is the oldest in New Jersey. This year marks the 114th year of marching to honor the brave men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice for their Country.

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March 18, 2012

Video and Photo Highlights of New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade 3-17-2012 (Extensive)

NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade 2012

The Boken.com went into New York City to cover the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Below is an extensive set of video and photos from the parade. Weather wise it was a perfect day and the crowd was reportedly close to 3 million people. The majority of footage that I took was from 60th and 5th Avenue in the City. For those who could not make the parade perhaps this video and photo slideshow will give you an idea of the extensiveness of the shear pageantry. Again, What a great day!

Video and Photo Highlights of New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on YouTube and Flickr:

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March 17, 2012

New York City St. Patrick’s Day Photo Slideshow from Parade

New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade 2012

The Boken.com went into New York City to cover the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Below is an extensive set of photos from the parade. Video will follow tomorrow. The shear amount of video That TheBoken.com took will have to be edited down. Weather wise it was a perfect day and the crowd was reportedly close to 3 million people. The majority of footage that I took was from 60th and 5th Avenue in the City. For those who could not make the parade perhaps this photo slideshow will give you an idea of the extensiveness of the shear pageantry. What a great day!


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February 7, 2012

NY Waterway Travel Advisory for NY Giants “Canyon of Heroes” Parade at 11am Today

NY Waterway sent out this travel advisory about today’s NY Giants Super Bowl XLVI celebration and parade. Over 1 million people are expected for this event in downtown NYC that starts at 11am.Parade route and travel advisory are below:

NY Giants Parade Route 2-4-2012

Parade Route Click Here

TRAVEL ADVISORY-Tuesday, February 7th (Super Bowl Parade)


Congratulations the NY Giants, Super Bowl XLVI champions. Everyone is excited to celebrate with our home town heroes at the ticker tape parade tomorrow, so we’d like to offer a couple of suggestions for guaranteeing it’s a fun and memorable day for everyone:

  1. Take the ferry to the parade downtown, avoid the traffic, and arrive relaxed and ready to yell and wave as Big Blue makes their way up the "Canyon of Heroes."
  2. If you plan on parking at one of our terminals and taking the ferry across, please arrive early enough to get a spot.
  3. If you aren’t going to the parade and instead will be stuck at work (like us), please note that the expected ridership will be larger than normal, so please plan accordingly. Let’s make it a day to remember, but let’s also stay safe and be respectful of everyone we encounter along the way.

Added Service for Parade:

  • Pier 11 to Weehawken – added additional trips, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.
  • Pier 11 to Belford – Added a 2:30pm trip home.
  • East River will have extra boat standing by beginning at 1:00pm.
  • Additional vessels on standby ready to dispatch where needed.

Please continue to follow us on our website (http://www.nywaterway.com) and social media for service updates and advisories. If you have any questions about this or anything else please feel free to contact our Customer Service department at 800-53FERRY.

Thank you.

- NY Waterway

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January 19, 2012

Editorial On Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day: Parades, Lepre-Cons and a Shillelagh – By DBP

Editor’s Note: This is an editorial from TheBoken.com’s columnist “Drunken Polar Bear”. It represents his opinion alone and not necessarily that of the owners or chief editor of this site.

Editorial: Parades, Lepre-Cons and a Shillelagh

I am 28 years old.  And Irish American.  And a Hoboken resident.  And a beer lover.  So it should be no surprise that all the coverage around the Hoboken St. Patricks day parade caught my attention.  I write a bar column for one of the most popular blogs in town.

I love St. Patrick’s day and all the fanfare associated with it (except corned beef & cabbage).  I have fond memories of marching in parades as part of my Catholic school’s group and was even doubly blessed because our group was led by my Dad and our Irish setter, Casey.  During my college years at the University of Scranton, I celebrated the Scranton parade day 4 straight years (and even a few after graduation) by getting up early and knocking back Nattie Ice (yumm).  With all the news, blog and TV coverage over the Hoboken St. Patrick’s parade skewing to one side or the other, we have forgotten the vantage point shared by most Hobokenites – common sense.

It’s Not the Parade that Defines the Day

I find it hard to believe that everyone is either staunchly opposed to the parade or all for it.  And it’s not just the parade that defines the first Saturday in March for the past years.  Here are the typical events in the St. Patrick’s day celebration I have observed during my many parades:

  • Preparation – streets are painted green, beer is purchased in masse, parade route mapped out, the police forces gears up for the day and many people flock into Hoboken Friday Night.
  • Kegs and Eggs – drinking starts early either at a house party or the bars.  Lines of 50+ form outside bars hours before the open.
  • Parade – yes, even though the central event of the day is a cool parade most people don’t see it except the few drunks who try to march in it.
  • Party and Bar Hopping – the parade ends and the majority of people continue to hop between bars or house/apartment parties getting drunk.
  • The Crime – open container, parking tickets, assaults of all variety, noise violations, public intoxication – the list goes on.  The volume of crime varies each year, but nonetheless it will happen.
  • The Mess – at the end of the day it looks like a hurricane has hit Hoboken.


Late last week it was “breaking news” that the Hoboken parade was cancelled.  Oddly enough this shouldn’t be a surprise because of what happened in the 2011 parade.  However, most people’s knee jerk reaction is that Hoboken cancelled the whole day of celebration because of what happened last year.  To be clear, Hoboken told the Parade Committee (who are completely separate from the city of Hoboken) that the parade would be on a Wednesday this year because of safety concerns stemming from last year’s celebration.  Can you blame them after all the reports of last year’s crime?  Does the Parade Committee have the right to be disappointed?  Of course – I am right there with them on that.  Do they have the right to launch invectives at the city for harboring cultural bias against Irish Americans?  Hell no – not only is that stupid and petty, but it is poor publicity.


What the city of Hoboken can’t do is cancel the “celebration” of the day.  Bars will still open, people will still have parties and more than the normal amount of beer will be consumed.  Hoboken may work with bars to regulate opening times and capacity to prevent chaos, but ultimately the fate of Hoboken St. Patrick’s day rests in the hands of its celebrants.  Their first reaction was to organize Lepre-Con, an effort to still continue the celebration in the same fashion as Santa-Con.  I applaud the effort to still continue the celebration, but wait with bated breath on the results of said celebration.  Surely, those celebrating Lepre-Con will be masses of people similar to me – 20-30 year olds from Hoboken or surrounding areas looking to celebrate St. Pats by throwing on some green and spending the day drinking with their fiends.  Does this sometime create a recipe for disaster?  Yes.  The roughly 1% of the 20,000 who will visit Hoboken get arrested or tickets and leave a noticeable black mark on Hoboken’s image, especially in the media.  Is cancelling the parade a way to prevent this crime?  Yes, but it’s not the entire solution.  The fate of our beloved celebration can be easily understood using the metaphor of the Irish Shillelagh.


A shillelagh is a short, gnarled, very hard club made from the roots of large trees that not only is famous as an Irish walking stick, but in traditional folklore, a dangerous weapon when placed in the hands of a skilled Irishman.  Most recently it was the weapon “Monk McGinn” wielded in the movie Gangs of New York.  Why do I bring this up?  Because those partiers who will descend upon Hoboken, on March 3rd hold our city’s shillelagh in their very skilled hands.  They can turn it into a skilled weapon of destruction and wreak havoc and drunken crime on the city prompting further restrictions on Hoboken celebrations for years to come.  The damage could even be worse than last year.  While this seems a foregone conclusion to some, I hold out hope that common sense will prevail.

I hope that all those celebrants take this same shillelagh and use it as a peaceful walking stick, enjoying and celebrating a day in Hoboken where everyone can be Irish, have a pint and make a few friends.  A day where many will get drunk, but do so safely and while respecting others.  A day where it can be shown that the idiocy of the few don’t spoil the celebratory purpose of the many.  A day where those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Hoboken prove once and for all that common sense can prevail.

Maybe it’s a farfetched, but we all have to hope for something.

- The Drunken Polar Bear


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