It doesn’t matter whether you’re Irish or not, everyone is welcome to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, that’s especially true in a place like New York City, which is home to the biggest annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world. Therefore, if you’re looking for the quintessential St. Patty’s Day activity in NYC, this is it.
What is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade?
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade located in New York City is the oldest and largest of its kind in the entire world.
In fact, the very first New York City St. Patrick’s parade in 1762 was put on by homesick Irish ex-pats and soldiers in the British army who were stationed in the New York colony. For some perspective, that’s a full 14 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed.
The parade is meant to honor St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, as well as the charitable work of the Archdiocese of New York. Best of all, the parade is put on solely through the work of dedicated volunteers.
Everything you Need to Know about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The 2019 Parade
When the parade begins at 11 a.m. on March 17, it will be led by Grand Marshall Dr. Brian J. O’Dwyer, as well as aides from all of the local counties. Besides the parade procession, you can expect lots of green clothing, bagpipers and revelers of all kinds.
When, and Where?
Every year, the parade is held on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, at approximately 11 a.m. The route starts at East 44th Street and Fifth Avenue, traveling uptown past St. Patrick’s Cathedral, all the way to the finish at East 79th Street.
With almost 150,000 people actually marching and over two million others expected in attendance, parking for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade can be a nightmare. Therefore, you are advised to take a taxi or find other transportation to the occasion.
Keep in Mind
If you’re attending the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC, there are a few important details that you should keep in mind. First of all, green hats, beads and other “costumes” are not permitted in the official Reviewing Stands.
Also, consumption of alcohol is not permitted. And for anyone thinking about bringing any, all backpacks and large bags are subject to search by the NYPD.
If you’re still without plans for March 17, consider attending the St. Patrick’s Parade, one of the biggest, oldest celebrations of Irish culture in the world.