Best St. Patrick’s Day Events in NYC
Did you know that New York City’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade happened back on March 17, 1762? Over 250 years later, the city still shuts down (figuratively and literally) to celebrate the historic Irish Holiday. Whether you’re a long-time local or visiting NYC for the first time – there are an abundance of options in NYC. With the day closely approaching, make sure you have your green outfit and Leprechaun hat, and check out some activities for the occasion.
Watch The St. Patrick’s Day Parade
So, where does the day even begin? Bright and early at 11:00 AM to catch the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade in America. The parade route travels up 5th Avenue, from 44th Street till 79th Street, but make sure you get there early because there will absolutely be a big crowd. If the noise, the crowds and the bagpipes are not your thing – you can always catch the coverage live on TV, Facebook and Twitter.
Have A Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day
Another notable event is the “ultimate family-friendly party”, Sober St. Patrick’s Day® NYC, in New York Irish Center, featuring storytelling and numerous All-Star musical performances that capture the day’s spirit! If you’re looking to avoid the overcrowded pubs and green beer – and just want a good hearty laugh, Q.E.D’s comedy show, Laugh of The Irish is perfect for you. Head on out to Queens to see a great lineup of Irish comedians all in one show. at $8 a ticket you can’t beat this value.
Explore NYC’s Irish Crime History
For a more cultural approach to the day, Hidden New York Tours’ Irish Mob of Hell’s Kitchen is a great alternative. The uber trendy neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen which has become an upscale foodie mecca, was home to some of NYC’s most ferocious gangs. This off-the-beaten path tour will explore the deep and sometimes lurid history of Manhattan’s West Side neighborhood.
Drink Like You’re Irish
It’s not St. Patrick’s Day without a drink or two, right? Well, how about a bar or two (or three or four?) If bar-hopping is your thing, the we’ve already covered all the amazing St. Patrick Day Pub Crawls. You have one day in the year to drink like you’re Irish, so use it wisely! If you wish to stick with one bar, The Dead Rabbit in the Financial District, or the East Village’s classic McSorley’s Old Ale House are obvious choices. Cheap prices, historic design, quality Irish drinks, and a delightful crowd? Affirmative! However if luxury, serenity and a quieter environment are more your speed – Camaje Bistro’s Irish Whiskey Tasting is the event for you. No need to bring anything but your hunger for good food and thirst for great whiskey. Tickets are $65 per person, but you will undoubtedly get your money’s worth.