St Patrick's Day Parade - NYC



St. Patrick's Day Parade on 5th Avenue in NYC
St. Patrick's Day Parade on 5th Avenue in NYC
St. Patrick's Day is coming up next month on March 17th. The Mayor is skipping the big parade in NYC this year, but that doesn't mean you have to. For 253 years everyone in New York has been Irish for a day. It's the oldest St. Pat's parade in the country. And, It has always made its  course up 5th Avenue, marching bagpipers past St. Patrick's Cathedral and ending at Central Park. If you like to drink good strong beer, be merry, and can't get enough of the spiritual drone of the bagpipes then this is a day you won't want to miss. So, take off and head into the city. St. Pat's is on a Monday this year and starts at 11am. If you don't plan to attend - you may want to make alternative commuting plans, because Metro North is going to be stocked with revelers throughout the morning peak hour rush.






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Oh for the love of the Irish! This has got to be one of the best holidays ever conceived. New York is turned into the largest frat party of the year. The crowd is mostly young spring breakers or other college aged students who take advantage of a day of open public intoxication.

But, one should always remember that this parade is a celebration of New York's immigrants ... specifically in this case the Irish, who had a huge part in building this city into the thriving metropolis - um commercial center of the universe - that is today. It's a parade that honors the working class of this city - even though it travels down 5th avenue.

It's free for everyone. And, It's not hard to find a front row spot despite the thousands of attendees. But, the subways get jammed and it is hard to make your way up or down town on the day of the parade. So, plan for extra travel time if you are in the area. 

St. Pat's Cathedral - 5th Avenue - NYC
St. Pat's Cathedral - 5th Avenue - NYC

Rock Center - NYC
Rock Center - NYC



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