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Hoboken Cancels St. Patrick's Day Parade

Friday, January 13, 2012

The St. Patrick's Day parade in Hoboken has been canceled because officials could not agree on a date to hold it.

Historically, the parade is held on the first Saturday in March, but Mayor Dawn Zimmer said weekend festivities were becoming a public safety issue.

"Last year, we had sexual assaults, we had property damage, public urination and flower pots thrown on the firemen," he said. 

Zimmer said she wanted to move the parade from Saturday to a Wednesday, but the committee in charge of the parade decided to cancel it instead.

Bill Coughlin, a spokesman for the Hoboken St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, said they have run a successful parade for 25 years. He said the parade takes place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and what goes on before or after is not their responsibility.

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