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16mar11:00 am5:00 pmNew York City Saint Patrick's Day ParadeSaint Patrick's Day Parade11:00 am - 5:00 pm Saint Patrick's Day Parade, 5th Avenue

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New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

One of the most anticipated holidays of the year, this New York City parade is the oldest and largest Saint Patrick’s Day celebration in the country.

New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Every year, on the auspicious occasion of Saint Patrick’s Day, New York City comes alive with a vibrant celebration that honors Ireland’s patron saint in grand style. From the iconic parade to the lively festivities at pubs across the city, Saint Patrick’s Day is a time-honored tradition that beckons locals and visitors alike to revel in the spirit of Irish heritage.

A Rich History of Celebration

Dating back to 1762, when New York City hosted its inaugural parade in honor of Saint Patrick, this beloved tradition has grown into one of the largest and most anticipated events of the year. Rooted in the rich tapestry of Irish culture, the parade pays homage to the legacy of Saint Patrick while celebrating the contributions of the Irish-American community to the fabric of New York City.

Marching in Unity

The day begins with a mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and is followed by the centerpiece of the festivities, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a spectacle of color, music, and camaraderie that winds its way through the heart of Manhattan. Beginning at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 16th, the parade sets off from the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 44th Street, captivating spectators as it traverses along Fifth Avenue and culminates at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 79th Street.

A Joyous Affair for All

With approximately 150,000 volunteers participating in the parade each year, and nearly two million spectators lining the streets, the atmosphere is nothing short of electric. Families, friends, and fellow revelers gather along the parade route, eagerly awaiting the procession of marching bands, colorful floats, and spirited dancers.

Join the Festivities

The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is an inclusive and family-oriented event, welcoming people of all ages to partake in the festivities. Best of all, it’s completely free for patrons who choose to line the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue to catch a glimpse of the parade in action. To ensure a prime viewing spot, the Parade Committee recommends arriving early to stake out your place along the route.

Wear Your Green with Pride

As you prepare to join in the revelry, be sure to don your finest green attire and accessorize with beads and shamrocks to show your Irish spirit. Whether you’re Irish by birth or Irish at heart, Saint Patrick’s Day offers a chance to celebrate heritage, unity, and the bonds of community.

Experience the Magic of Saint Patrick’s Day

In the bustling streets of New York City, Saint Patrick’s Day is more than just a celebration—it’s a testament to the enduring legacy of Irish culture and the vibrant mosaic of diversity that defines the city. So mark your calendar, gather your loved ones, and prepare to immerse yourself in the magic of Saint Patrick’s Day at the iconic parade in the heart of Manhattan. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget!

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Who participates in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade?

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration Committee is in charge of the organization and execution of the annual parade in New York. This year’s Grand Marshal is Maggie C. Timoney, President and CEO of Heineken USA based in White Plains, NY. All participants walk on foot – there are no floats or vehicles in this parade – so the dozens of marching bands from colleges, the military, the FDNY, and the NYPD play the most important role at this event! 

Take Amtrak to The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

To attend the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, take Amtrak to the Daniel Moynihan Train Station. Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount! The station is 1.3 miles away from the event, making it an easy and convenient option to get there.


(Saturday) 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Saint Patrick's Day Parade

5th Avenue