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Hoboken Residents Replace St. Patrick's Day Parade With 'Lepre-Con'

01/18/2012 05:35 pm 17:35:45 | Updated Jan 18, 2012

Hoboken residents lamenting over the cancellation of the 26th annual St. Patrick's Day parade can now rejoice with news of the first-ever 'Lepre-Con' scheduled for Saturday, March 3.

Co-organizer Jamie Darrah explained to CBS, "We want everyone to come up and come out and dress up and enjoy the festivities. Hopefully we'll have a set bar crawl listed on our website."

The St. Patrick's Day parade committee's resolution to cancel festivities this year follows Mayor Dawn Zimmer's "insulting" decision to move the parade to a weekday, after 2011's event rang up an unprecedented and alarming number of arrests, citations, and even sexual assaults.

Darrah said she envisioned "Lepre-Con" to parallel SantaCon, which to the dismay of many New Yorkers, brings together thousands of holiday revelers stumbling across the city in a massive, annual pub crawl.

But Darrah insisted she and fellow organizers are promoting "responsible" partying.

For a preview of "Lepre-Con," check out the photos below from last year's SantaCon and substitute Santa Claus costumes with frat boys (equal waistlines though) donning leprechaun hats:

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