If you enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, then New York City is definitely the place to be on March 17! The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1762, which was 14 years before the Declaration of Independence was even signed. Today, the parade is bigger and better than ever, so why not join in the fun?
Here is everything you need to know about attending the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, as well at the best afterparty pubs to head to after the festivities wrap up.
NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade Location and Route
The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off on 5th Avenue at 44th Street and goes all the way uptown to 79th Street. This year, Loretta Brennan Glucksman will be the Grand Marshall of the parade.
You can watch the parade along 5th Avenue between 44th and 79th between 11:00am to 5:00pm. If you want to secure your spot and get a good view of the parade, plan to arrive on 5th Avenue as early as possible. Seriously, the earlier the better!
Tips for Attending the St. Patrick's Day Parade
Although green beer is a beloved St. Paddy’s Day tradition, alcohol is forbidden at the parade by NYC law. This is a family-friendly event, so don’t even try it.
This is a parade that is practically never canceled due to bad weather, so check the forecast and bundle up accordingly. For everyone’s safety, large bags and backpacks are subject to NYPD search. Another good thing to know is that there are no portable restrooms set up along the parade route, so you’ll need to take care of business elsewhere.
If you’re not able to make it out to the parade this year, tune into NBCNewYork.com to watch it live online.
Best NYC Barys For the St. Patrick's Day Parade Afterparty
Of course, the parade is just one of the many fun things to do in NYC on St. Patrick’s Day, and there are lots of bars in the Murray Hill area and beyond that love going all out to celebrate the occasion.
After the parade wraps up, you can head over to Doc Watson’s, an Upper East Side Irish pub that serves tasty pints and shepherd’s pie. Other great bar recommendations for your post-parade pursuits include McFadden’s Saloon near Grand Central Station, Finnegan’s Wake for Guinness and fish & chips, and The Perfect Pint either at Times Square or the West Side location. These are great places to refamiliarize yourself with awesome Irish whiskeys and beers, such as Smithwicks and Harp, and have a wonderful time with your friends while all decked out in green.
And if you’re lucky enough to live in one of StuyTown’s beautiful apartments, you can get to the parade area in about 20 minutes via public transportation. That’s one of the biggest reasons why our tenants love living here – to be in the middle of all the fun and festive events that take place throughout the year!