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The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is older than the United States itself. New York City’s strong Irish community has been deeply embedded in the city from its earliest days, and the tradition shows with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade dating back to 1762. This year the celebration will be strong as ever, as the next iteration of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade hits Midtown this March!
According to the event’s website, this is the largest parade in the world. On a day where everybody is considered Irish, we recommend Duane Street guests give the event a shot. The spectacle itself is worth the visit. The parade maintains a long tradition of being strictly a marching parade without any floats or automobiles. The scene is truly incredible, with masterfully choreographed crowds of men in kilts playing bagpipes and skipping performers dressed as leprechauns. To top it all off, this whole scene takes place in the middle of Manhattan, with skyscrapers and the spirit of the city hovering in the early spring air.
Starting on 44th Street, the spectacle can be witnessed all along Fifth Avenue. With the eyes of the city on the approximately 200,000 marchers as they take over Midtown, the day is guaranteed to spread an intangible sense of joy and excitement. The Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, will view the parade from the steps of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral as part of the centuries-old tradition.
From the religious aspects of the celebration to the performance art spectacle to the atmospheric elements of the annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, there will be much to enjoy at this year’s celebration. In addition to all of the guaranteed great times that come with the parade, New Yorkers will also be in an elevated state of mind with the passing of winter and the relaxing oncoming of spring. Get outside, breath the fresh air and experience St. Patty’s Day in NYC.