Hoboken hopes to keep handle on St. Patrick's bar crawl known as 'Lepre-con'

St. Patrick's festivities kick off in New Jersey this weekend in Hoboken with an event known as Lepre-con.

St. Patrick's festivities kick off in New Jersey this weekend in Hoboken with an event known as Lepre-con. (2/28/14)

HOBOKEN - St. Patrick's festivities kick off in New Jersey this weekend in Hoboken with an event known as Lepre-con.

It's been three years since the city canceled the annual parade due to unruly crowds. Now, the action is indoors, in the form of pub crawls.

"From what I hear now, it's a lot of crazy people doing a lot of crazy things," says partygoer Ann Marie Thomas.

Visitors come to Hoboken to drink all day, and the city has said security will be tight. Officials have issued a zero-tolerance policy for public drinking, disorderly conduct, public urination and unruly house parties. Many restaurants are putting up posters informing patrons of the policy.

Police will be cracking down on public drunkenness, and the fire department will be checking capacities at homes and bars. 

Some really miss the parade. "That's what this is all about," says store owner Bill Kirchgessner. "It's about going to the bars now. Bars or they're going to parties."

St. Patrick's Day is still big business in Hoboken. Souvenir shops decked out in green will be waiting for customers.

Fines of up to $2,000 will be issued to those found drinking in public.

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