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St Patrick’s Day is one of the most spectacular parties in the city. When NYC turns into an Irish green you know it’s St Patrick’s Day in NYC. Part of the celebration is the St Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade takes places for over 250 years now and is a big part of the Irish culture in the city.
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The St. Patricks Day Parade attracts up to 250.000 people each year and is highly appreciated by both Irish locals in NYC and visitors from all over the world. All you need to do to participate is to have good vibes and if you can, wear something green to show some love for the Irish culture.
When will the 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Parade take place?
This year, the parade will be held on March 17, 2022, which is on a Thursday.
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Everything you will need to know about the St Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC you will find in this article. If you are looking for more information about St Patrick’s Day, in general, please read our fun St Patrick’s Day Guide.
Where does the St. Patrick’s Day Parade start?
The tradition of the St Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC goes back to 1762 and was always held around March 17. The St Patrick’s Day Parade starts at New York Public Library near Bryant Park from where it will walk towards St. Patricks Cathedral on 51st Street.
How long is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade?
The parade takes place for a couple of hours. It starts at 11 AM in the morning and finishes around 5 PM in the afternoon. Most likely you will end up in one of the many Irish pubs in the city right after the parade. If St. Patricks Day falls on a weekday, the parade will be held the following weekend.
The only city where this is not the case is Savannah. The historic parade in Savannah is always held on March 17, not on the neighboring weekend.
What is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade route?
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade route will stay on 5th Avenue, and will run from 44th Street, will pass by St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and will end on 79th Street. The parade will begin at approximately 1 11 AM–5 PM EST. We suggest that spectators plan your trip accordingly so you can claim your spot along 5th Avenue. It will get busy and it will be crowded. We also recommend taking public transportation into the city as well. Parking will definitely be limited and certain roads will be shut down, making it very difficult to navigate.
Best place to view NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade can be viewed along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street during the time of the march. If you are wondering if the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on TV, you can watch the parade from your hotel room, or from home. Tune in on NBCNewYork.com beginning at 11:00 a.m. on March 17.
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