Mayor Booker Reminds Portuguese Festival Revelers that the City of Newark Will Enforce Laws on Public Drinking

Mayor Booker Reminds Portuguese Festival Revelers that the City of Newark Will Enforce Laws on Public Drinking
Nice! City Hall has issued a warning to Portugal Day Festival revelers that irresponsible drinking and the display of large flags — a culturally sensitive issue — will not be tolerated at the festival. So, in other words, have a good time this weekend…and you stay classy, Ironbound.

“The annual Portuguese Festival is a great Newark tradition and a joyous time for everyone who participates in it,” Mayor Booker said. “We do not want the illegal acts of a misguided few to ruin the experience for the majority of residents and visitors who enjoy our City’s hospitality, energy, and diversity. I urge everyone celebrating Portuguese culture this weekend to do so safely and to obey the law.”

Read the full press release after the jump.

Mayor Booker Reminds Portuguese Festival Revelers that the City of Newark Will Enforce Laws on Public Drinking

Mayor Cory A. Booker reminds residents and visitors that the Newark Police Department seeks to ensure the safety of all persons attending the Portuguese Festival scheduled for this weekend by vigorously enforcing state laws and city ordinances on liquor sales and consumption during the celebrations.

“The annual Portuguese Festival is a great Newark tradition and a joyous time for everyone who participates in it,” Mayor Booker said. “We do not want the illegal acts of a misguided few to ruin the experience for the majority of residents and visitors who enjoy our City’s hospitality, energy, and diversity. I urge everyone celebrating Portuguese culture this weekend to do so safely and to obey the law.”

Newark City Ordinances and State law ban the sale of alcohol to persons under the age of 21, as well as those who are intoxicated. Anyone purchasing alcohol at the festival must present proper identification. Vendors are prohibited from selling alcohol in glass bottles or containers, or dispensing liquor in any backpacks. In addition, public drinking of alcohol outside of the designated fair route (along Ferry Street) remains banned.

The City also bans the following items from the festival area: bicycles, large coolers, and exotic animals. Festivities will conclude at 11 p.m. on Thursday, June 5; at midnight on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7; and 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 8. Alcohol sales must cease one hour before the closing time.

Newark Police, Alcohol Beverage Control, Code Enforcement, and other agencies will be enforcing all laws and ordinances during the weekend, and offenders will be prosecuted. A list of major rules and policies being enforced is attached.

Policies and Rules Being Enforced During the Portuguese Festival

  • Glass bottles and containers are prohibited. Street vendors selling alcohol are prohibited from dispensing alcoholic beverages in glass bottles or containers.
  • Large flags, banners, sticks, poles, or other obstructions shall not be allowed in the festival with the exception of those of organized performing groups or those persons participating in the parade or processions.
  • Bicycles are not allowed within the festival area.
  • The general public shall not be allowed to carry large coolers into the festival area.
  • Dogs shall not be walked within the festival area. Small dogs that can easily be carried will be permitted. Exotic animals and pets (e.g., snakes, lizards, etc.) are prohibited in the festival area due to the general public’s sensitivity and emotional reaction to such animals. Persons with such pets shall be directed to leave the festival.
  • The consumption of alcohol shall NOT be permitted in or near Penn Station; this excludes consumption within licensed establishments.
  • Festivities conclude at 11 p.m. on Thursday, June 5; at midnight on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7; and 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 8. Alcohol sale must cease one hour before the closing time.
  • NO public drinking outside designated festival/street fair route.
  • NO alcohol stuffed backpacks; liquor stores & alcohol vendors shall NOT dispense liquor into any backpacks.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

3 thoughts on “Mayor Booker Reminds Portuguese Festival Revelers that the City of Newark Will Enforce Laws on Public Drinking”

  1. Mayor Booker is an idiot! I used to live in Newark and I NEVER EVER (except this year) have missed NOT one Portugal Weekend! NEVER have I seen SOOOO many rules & regulations for the feast!
    I think his head got too big, & filled with “power”

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  2. amanda-
    Wait, too big a head and filled with power?
    None of these are too outlandish. There’s no rules in play here that aren’t applied to any public gathering in the metro area- we’re just catching up with NYC. If anything it’s trying to put a reign on all the things residents complained about in the previous post announcing the festival- public drunks, accidents, and people generally being belligerent asses.
    But I guess you never noticed that, it was just fine until now. Perhaps you (as presumably a woman) didn’t notice the scores of drunk guys mercilessly throwing themselves at you way up in your face, some even grabbing. Maybe you were at the shore for the weekend and missed the late night festival area, groups of young gang kids while cops look the other way. Perhaps you lived in another neighborhood, and didn’t have to see the the piles of garbage (and passed out people) in the morning, the Ironbound more so resembling Baghdad.
    Perhaps you missed the paper where they reported that hit and run of the unfortunate little girl at the last festival?
    Ah, I guess you did, what with being so drunk at the festival. Some of us live here lady. All the mayor is asking that people try to act semi civilized and respect the area. Does that work for you?
    Oh wait, you said you don’t live here anymore, so WHO CARES WHAT YOU THINK?

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