Image Source: Irish News
St. Patrick’s Day in New York City is something that every person should experience once. Whether one is Irish or not, New Yorkers dress in green, drink lots of beer and enjoy the holiday. The most popular NYC parade, the St. Patrick’s Day parade, first occurred in 1766 while celebrating the Irish fighting in the colonies of the local area. The parade occurs down 5th Avenue from 44th St. to 86th St. No floats are allowed within the parade, however nearly 150,000 people march the route.
Most people who frequent the parade suggest watching from the north end of the parade. Most of the crowd is below 59th Street towards Times Square/Midtown. Another great place to sit back and enjoy the parade is on the steps of the Museum of Art (MOMA). The parade typically begins at 11 am and ends near 2 or 3 in the afternoon.
Various places are also offering music performances on this Irish Holiday. One free experience is at the Irish Arts Center (553 West 51st Street). The event is from noon to 5 with various performances and language classes for children of all ages. If you’re more into the party scene, after the parade various Irish pubs within the city are packed.
Some popular pubs are:
11th Street Bar
510 E. 11th St. (bet. Avenues A and B)
East 133 56th St. (bet. Lex & Park)
978 2nd Ave. (bet. 51st St. & 52nd St.)
118 St. Marks Place (bet. 1st Ave & Ave. A)
251 E. 50th St. (between 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
Katy Gallagher’s Inc.
1267 1st Ave. (@68th St.)
327 57th Street (between 8th & 9th)
1802 2nd Ave. (Bet 93rd & 94th)
MacMenamin’s Irish Pub
93 South St. (@ Fulton St.)