FeelNYC with the world famous New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, which is back once again and will be taking place this 17th of March, as is tradition, on the prestigious 5th Avenue in the Big Apple. Saint Patrick’s Day is a worldwide celebration, however the New York parade is the biggest and most spectacular in the world!
It all began in 1845 when the Great Potato Famine hit Ireland and many Irish families immigrated to America to avoid starvation. Interestingly the first parade held in honour of Saint Patrick was in New York in 1762, and ever since then Americans with Irish heritages, and those without, have been celebrating this special day ever since.
People typically dress in green and bear the symbol of Saint Patrick’s Day, which is of course the shamrock, also a symbol for good luck. Bars and pubs will also be doing their bit by decorating their establishments in green and serving typical Irish beverages such as Guinness or Jamesons whisky tinted green with food colouring to get into the Saint Patrick’s Day spirit.
Alongside the parade, visitors and locals alike can expect a whole host of events including the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Gala Cocktail Reception and the Grand Marshal’s Reception.
Despite the fact that floats, autos and exhibits and not allowed, more than 150,000 marchers participate in the New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade every year including Irish societies of the city, various schools, colleges, and Irish language and nationalist societies, etc.
Led by members of the National Guard’s 69th Regiment, known as the “Fighting 69”, this joyous parade will commence at 44th Street at 11am and make its merry way up 5th Avenue, pass St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street, continue on to 83rd Street and finally come to an end at 86th Street at around 4:30 to 5pm.
It is advised that you leave your car at home and make your way to the parade by train or subway given that roads will be closed off in the surrounding area. Around 2 million people line 5th Avenue to catch a glimpse of the parade every year. That many can’t be wrong.
So, now you know. FeelNYC with the New York City Saint Patrick`s Day Parade 2012, and all the fun Saint Patrick’s Day activities on offer!