March 17th is Lá Fhéile Pádraig—the actual Feast of St. Patrick.
That thing a few weeks ago known as Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day is quite a different animal. While a lot of us spend most of the “St. Patrick’s Season” hunkered down waiting for the storm to pass, St. Patrick’s Day itself can be a great occasion to get out and celebrate with friends—whether they’re Irish or not. The winter is over, Spring is a few days away and we could all stand to get out of the house for awhile.
Here in Hoboken, the added bonus is that the epicenter of all regional belligerence and debauchery on this day has shifted from our shores across the Hudson, where the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes all the glory—and all the hassle that comes with it. Over here, there’s plenty of fun to be had without the headaches.
Here’s an ideal itinerary for the Feast of St. Patrick Celebrations in Hoboken:
-At 11:00 a.m. there will be a flag raising at Hoboken City Hall, featuring Hoboken Fireman Colin Nisbet on the bagpipes. Nisbet’s family owns The Piper’s Cove – Scottish & Irish Imports Shop in Kearny.
-Immediately after that, head uptown to Carpe Diem (1405 Grand Street) for an authentic Irish Breakfast. Doors open at 11:00, with various specials all day.
-For dinner, stop by Court Street (61 Sixth Street) for Corned Beef & Cabbage (or a Corned Beef Sandwich if the entree is too daunting). The restaurant opens at 4:30.
-The bars along First Street, a.k.a. “Irish Row,” are bound to be bustling. But for one of the best pints of the black stuff on this side of the Atlantic (let alone the Hudson), be sure to stop off at The Nag’s Head (359 First Street). Just don’t ask for a shamrock on top… it’s like putting a mustache on the Mona Lisa.
Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!