3 Can’t-Miss St. Patrick's Day Parades and Events in New York City

Making the most of our big city neighbor to the south

When March 17 rolls around, so does the corned beef and green beer. But if you’re looking for something a little less casual, NYC — home to some of the proudest Irish around — is overflowing with events that celebrate the Emerald Isle with class.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Held annually since 1762, the procession is the world’s oldest and largest parade for wearers of the green. Beginning at 11 a.m. on 40th Street, the kilt-clad, bagpipe-playing revelers march up Fifth Avenue to 79th Street in front of the American Irish Historical Society. If you miss the start, don’t worry. It usually doesn’t end until 5 p.m. (nycstpatricksparade.org)

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Forgo the standard pub for the Jewel Yacht Luck of the Irish Cruise. While you float through the harbor, drink in the sight of glittering Manhattan and enjoy the multiple full bars and — of course — Irish tunes. March 15; boarding 7:30 p.m., set sail at 8 p.m. $20 (saintpattys.com)

Ever wonder why St. Pat’s is more popular in the U.S. than it is in Ireland? Learn this and other fun facts about Irish immigrants in New York on Big Onion’s St. Patrick’s Weekend Walking Tour. Stroll past the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade spot where the Ancient Order of Hibernia was founded, the first Catholic church in Manhattan, and many more local sites that helped establish the Irish presence in America. Tours last two hours and begin at St. Paul’s Chapel between Fulton and Vesey streets. March 15-16; $20, $15 seniors & students (bigonion.com/tour/st-patricks-day-irish-new-york)

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NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade
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