There are plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in New York City this year. Since 1762 New York City has hosted the world’s largest St. Patricks’ Day. This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on Friday, March 17th making for an extremely fun filled weekend! Here’s our guide on how to make this St. Patrick’s Day a memorable weekend:
The New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a must see! The parade starts at 11am at 44th Street, goes up 5th Avenue-past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street and all the way to 79th Street. The parade ends around 5:00pm at the American Irish Historical Society. There is nothing like watching bagpipers and marching bands march up the streets.
The Irish Arts Center hosts an annual St. Patrick’s Open Day to celebrate Ireland’s national holiday. Head to the Irish Arts Center where you can watch traditional dance and music performances. Guests can learn to play the tin whistle, speak Irish with instructors and participate in art making workshops.
If you’re looking to have a rowdier St. Patrick’s Day you must take part in the Village Pourhouse St. Patrick’s Day Public Crawl. You can participate in this three-day bar crawl with the purchase of a green wristband, which can then be used to cash in on drink specials at a bunch of top-notch bars around town.
For a more historic type of weekend head to the Merchant’s House Museum where you can explore the world of the Irish immigrants who served as servants for the Tredwell family. It is New York’s oldest preserved 19th-century home that is still intact inside and out. Highlights of the house include its fourth-floor servants’ quarters, which were restored and repainted in their original colors. Take a tour of the home and learn about the struggles and successes of the Irish Immigrants.
Why not celebrate St. Patrick’s Day laughing the day off at Q.E.D’s comedy show hosted by Kevin Froleiks. Some Irish comics on the lineup include: Evan M. Williams, Justin Flannigan, Patrick J. Reilly and Kevin Michael Smith.
Kick off the holiday with a three-hour not so traditional Irish breakfast at Sidebar. The meal includes green eggs, green pancakes, and green bagels, in addition to a bowl of Lucky Charms. Oh and you have to wash it down with the unlimited green beer.
Whether you have Irish ancestry or not on St. Patrick’s Day everyone can partake in the festivities and wear green or eat green bagels!