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Drunken St. Patrick’s Day revelers throw beer at firemen responding to a fire

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Oh my God, Hoboken, this isn't college anymore. You cannot start drinking when you take your morning shower. (Yes, that happened.) This past Saturday was Hoboken's annual, notoriously rowdy St. Patrick's Day parade, and according to reports the event was more out of hand than ever before, so much so the Mayor has threatened to cancel it if next year's festivities aren't calmer. Here's a description of some of the carnage, courtesy of the New York Times:

Firefighters responding to a backyard blaze were greeted by revelers on a balcony who spat down and also poured beer at them. Then someone threw a flower planter down, the fire chief, Richard Blohm, said…

A 19-year-old wielding a knife menaced three people. A man kicked a woman he hardly knew after her fiancé told him off. Someone wearing green boxer shorts and no pants broke the spindles off a banister and urinated in a stairwell…

Of the 166 visits to the city’s main hospital, Hoboken University Medical Center, about a quarter were for excessive intoxication…

So what made this party so out of control? As stated above, Hoboken's St. Patrick's Day celebrations have a, uh, "colorful" history. And Hoboken has been attracting larger numbers of young people in recent years. But one resident — the aforementioned "beer in the shower" girl who then went to not one, but two kegger breakfasts — has another theory about who caused all the trouble: "bridge-and-tunnel crowd, people who come here from out of town." Whatever you say, Miss Pabst Pro-V.

Anyway, I'm sure Irish Americans all over the country appreciate this publicity, Hoboken. I know I do.