Irish Central is reporting that the the Irish Ant-Defamation Federation has backed the mayor calling the activities that accompany the annual parade “distasteful and “crime ridden.”
The statement, sent out by recording officer Mary Beth Phillips states:
“The Officers and Members of the Irish Anti-Defamation Federation, based in Philadelphia, would like to support Hoboken's Mayor Dawn Zimmer, in her decision to cancel the St. Patrick's Day Parade in her town.
Although we are saddened by the loss of this tradition (what should be an all-generations, family-friendly celebration of Ireland's patron saint, and display of our Irish heritage and culture for those claiming Irish roots), we think Mayor Zimmer was wise to put a stop to the distasteful, dangerous, and crime-ridden activities that have accompanied the parade, especially since last year's parade-associated crimes included three reports of rape.
Mayor Zimmer is sending a strong signal to all, whether Irish-American supporters of the Hoboken parade, revelers in the bars, and even spectators, that things are out of control. Her necessary cancellation of the parade is just one step towards fixing a dreadful batch of problems.
We applaud her decision to try to make St. Patrick's Day the pride-filled celebration and holiday it should be. Mayor Zimmer does not want, and cannot afford, for Hoboken to be New Orleans at Mardi Gras, even if it means drastic changes are needed this particular year.
For all those who disagree with her, we at the IADF recommend ways to create a family-friendly celebration once more, one that will not tax the police and other services required of the citizens of Hoboken."
The group got one thing wrong: Zimmer didn't end the parade, Hoboken's St. Patrick's Parade Committee did.
The committee used their own parade for a political statement against the mayor, siding against the safety and security of our residents. They had a YEAR to figure out how to make it work on Wednesday. Each one of them ought to be replaced.
Meanwhile, if you take a look at the IADF web site, something tells me that 'Leper-Con', the fake Irish heritage celebration excuse for a bar crawl, will NOT be appreciated.