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Hoboken’s Beloved St. Ann’s Festival is Back for the Season

by Katherine Chaves Diaz
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After the year we’ve all had, there’s nothing more important than some senses of normalcy returning. One of Hoboken’s oldest — and tastiest — traditions is returning this year: St. Ann’s Festival is back for its 111th year in Hoboken. Get ready to stuff your face with zeppoles, chocolate-covered Oreos, and sausage and pepper sandwiches. Keep reading to find out all that you need to know about St. Ann Festival’s return to Hoboken for its 111th year.

The History Behind the Festival

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While the City of Hoboken has a mix of many people from all types of backgrounds, there is an abundance of Italians who reside here which contributes to our town’s unique culture and energy. Most don’t know that the roots of many Italians are the people from San Giacomo, a province of Salerno, Italy which was named after St. James the Apostle. These people immigrated to Hoboken in the late 1800s and early 1900s in hopes of creating a better life.

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Of course, these new Hoboken residents still had their strong feelings for and attachments to Italy. The San Giacomese Hobokenites wanted to keep their religious and traditional values, which inspired them to establish the St. Ann’s society, a group that encouraged the values from their village. Since the construction of the church was a grand success, the St. Ann’s Society was inspired to celebrate by hosting a grand fiesta in honor of St. Ann and the beloved traditions of the San Giacomese.

Dates + Times

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The festival will be held in its usual location on 7th and Madison Street to 7th and Adams Street.

St. Ann’s Festival will take place from Thursday, July 22nd to Monday, July 26th. The hours will be Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 1PM – 11PM and Thursday and Friday from 6PM – 11PM.

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The nine-day novena, nine days of prayer, will start on Saturday, July 17th through Sunday, July 25th at 7PM. Festival day mass will be on Monday, July 26th at 11AM, and THE procession of St. Ann will be right after mass through the Hoboken streets on the usual route.

COVID-19 Precautions

All staff working at the festival are required to be vaccinated and must get tested. Vendors are required to wear gloves and face masks during the event. Hand sanitizers will also be available for the public to use.

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What to Expect This Year

Many of St. Ann’s traditions will be back. In particular, the famous zeppoles, mouth-watering fried Oreos, cheesesteaks, rice balls, wood-fired pizza, fried calamari, seafood salad, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and more.

Unfortunately, there will not be live performances this year but there will be the weekly and nightly 50/50 raffle, as well as the Games of Chance.

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