NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

New York City does St. Patrick’s Day in a big way.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. at 44th Street and doesn’t end until around 4:30 p.m. when the last of the marching units reaches the American Irish Historical Society at East 79th Street.

The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the oldest and largest in the world. The first parade was held in 1762!

About 150,000 people march in the parade. There are no floats in the parade, just marching units, including bagpipers, and marching bands. You can see a list of the parade lineup at the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade website.


Parade Date

The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade is always held on March 17th, unless the 17th falls on a Sunday, in which case the parade is held on March 16th.

The start time is always 11:00 a.m..


Parade Route

The parade route starts at Fifth Avenue and 44th Street and continue straight up Fifth Avenue to 79th Street, where it ends at the American Irish Historical Society.


Viewing the Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade can be viewed anywhere along Fifth Avenue, between 44th Street and 79th Street. Arrive early for the best viewing spots, but keep in mind that the parade starts at the 44th Street end, so it will take a while for marchers to make their way to the portions of the route that are further uptown.


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