St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the religious feast day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. March 17th lands on a Friday this year, making St. Patrick’s Day a holiday you can celebrate all weekend long. It is also said that this holiday is celebrated more in North America than it is in Ireland! So when the day comes, put on your greenest outfit, grab your best buds, and have a grand ol’ time in NYC!
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First, let’s talk about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC, the oldest and largest parade of its kind in the world; the first one dates back to 1762! This year’s parade will occur on March 17th, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and will stretch along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street. The parade will start at Midtown and pass along Central Park, up to the Upper East Side, ending at the American Irish Historical Society. Be one of the 2 million people spectating this enormous NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade!
$ | 15 E 7th St | (212) 473-9148
Photo: McSorley's Old Ale House
What’s a St. Patrick’s Day celebration without drinking? Head on over to McSorley’s Old Ale House, the oldest saloon in New York City, having been founded in 1854 by an Irish immigrant, John McSorley! They keep it old school here by serving only two kinds of beer, light and dark, presented in two beer mugs instead of a pint glass. With sawdust strewn on the floors and historic relics decorated all around, you’re sure to enjoy a great St. Patrick’s Day at this rustic dive!
Monday - Saturday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sunday 1:00 pm - 1:00 am
553 West 51 Street | 212-757-3318
Photo: Irish Arts Center
For a family friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration, swing by to the Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day, held by NYC’s Irish Arts Center on March 12th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Take the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the culture of Ireland through fun activities and classes such as learning some basic Irish language, engaging in dance workshops, getting your face painted, enjoying some arts and crafts, and so much more! This is a free event for people of all ages, so bring your kids and have a fun-filled Sunday!
Photo: Big Onion
The Big Onion Walking Tour company is holding a special St. Patrick’s Day themed tour for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! Learn about the history of Irish immigrants in New York City as you explore what is previously known as “Little Ireland”, an area between City Hall and Houston Street. You’ll visit top historic sites on this tour such as the Five Points and Al Smith’s home. Reserve a spot on this tour today!
$$ | 287 3rd Ave | (212) 889-3361
You’ll probably be starving after a long stretch of St. Patrick’s Day festivities; if you’re in the Gramercy area, stop by Molly’s for a traditional Irish pub and restaurant experience, complete with sawdust-covered floors and a wood-burning fireplace. Patrons come here for Molly's delicious Irish cuisine such as Shepherd’s Pie, Fish and Chips, Irish Lamb Stew, and much more. Wash your meal down with a glass of Guinness or two!
Monday to Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 am
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