Parades are special in New York City, but none is better than the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The largest and most famous of New York City's many parades, this year's will include bagpipers, bands, 150,000-250,000 participants, and over two million spectators.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade is held every March 17th, except when March 17th falls on a Sunday, and it is celebrated the day before (Saturday the 16th), due to religious observances.
Did you know that the first St. Patrick's Day Parade in NYC was held on lower Broadway in downtown Manhattan in the 1760s by a group of Irish military recruited to serve with the British Army in New York? Learn more St. Patrick's Day Parade History
St. Patrick's Day Parade Route
The Parade starts at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue at 11am, marches up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick's Cathedral at 50th Street, continuing north up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Irish Historical Society, ending at 86th Street and Fifth Avenue at approximately 4:30-5pm.
Best St. Patrick's Day Parade Viewing Spots
The best viewing spots are north of 66th Street and Fifth Avenue, toward the end of the parade route, and away from the shopping and midtown office crowds that fill the sidewalks below 59th Street.
The upper steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street) provide a wonderful view of the Parade's festivities. Spectators can catch a close-up view of the marchers where the parade ends on 86th Street.
|Your St. Patrick's Weekend in New York City Includes:
- Accommodations for 2-nights or longer at a midtown Manhattan hotel like the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, just a short stroll from the parade route, in the heart of Broadway's famed Theater District, Times Square and Rockefeller Center.
- And more NYC discounts and inclusions
|Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
811 7th Ave at 52nd Street
Located right in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers is just steps away from Times Square, the Broadway theater district, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Central Park and 5th and Madison Avenue shopping. Newly renovated, the lobby is both elegant and comfortable. Enjoy 1750 beautifully renovated and decorated guest rooms, all of which feature the ultra comfortable "Sweet Sleeper" bed ensemble, high speed internet access, coffee makers with complimentary coffee and tea, telephones with personalized voice mail, hairdryers, irons with ironing boards, plus terry cloth bathrobes, and cable television with 20 channels as well as on demand movies and video check out. The hotel boasts a fully equipped health club and 24 hour room service.
NOTE: Rates listed are per person based on two adults sharing a room for 2 nights, subject to availability and change. Rates include all taxes and service fees, and all listed features. Triple, quad, single and child rates are available. Starting price is based upon lowest-priced off-peak 3-Star hotel unless otherwise specified. You may get prices on other hotel and date options, longer stays, additional theater, sightseeing and dining, and transportation to NYC on NYC TripQuote. This vacation package may not be available at this rate for groups.