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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013 - 252nd Annual Consecutive in New York City

NYC's 252nd Saint Patrick's Day Parade - Saturday - March 16, 2013

Held every March 17th, except when it falls on a Sunday, it is then celebrated, on Saturday, the 16th, due to religious observances. The Parade marches up from 44th St. along  Fifth Avenue to 79th Street. There the Parade finishes at around 4:30 - 5:00 pm.  It is usually televised on NBC Channel 4 in NYC. This year's Grand Marshall is Alfred E. Smith IV, the great grandson of the legendary NYS Governor Alfred E. Smith.  One of his Aides-de-Camp is none other than Mike McVey of Staten Island, well known to many of our Meet Up members.

The annual parade up Fifth Avenue to honor the patron saint of Ireland is a New York City tradition that  dates as far back as March 17, 1762 - 16 years before the Declaration of Independence was adopted. The original line of march went from City Hall to 125th St. in Harlem.

The best viewing spots are toward the north end of the parade route, away from the shopping and work-a-day crowds that throng the sidewalks below 59th Street.

The New York Convention & Visitors Bureau says that the St. Patrick's Day Parade is the largest and most famous of the many parades held in the city each year.

The official website of the parade is:  Here you can find the entire history of the Parade along with the complete Line of March etc.

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  • Sile

    had a wonderful time marching with the Council of Gaelic Societies of NYC. Enjoyed the light snowfall too. Wonderful day of food, song, prayer, family and friends

    March 16, 2013

  • Sile

    Our friends and fellow Celts, the Galicians and the Bretons will be featured in the Parade.
    Two Bag Pipe Bands from the Casa Galecia, in Astoria, NY and The Bagad ar Meilhou Glaz from Brittany, France along with Dance Troupe, Eostiged ar Stangala.
    They have an honored postion upfront between the contingents from Basilica of Old St Patrick's and the FDNY Color Guard. They gather at E. 44th St and Madison Ave at 11 a.m.

    March 15, 2013

  • Jane R.

    Is the group meeting at any particular location so we can find you?

    March 10, 2013

    • Sile

      no Jane - this is really a posting for the whole group - some people are meeting at the Mass ahead of time - also posted - but for the parade everyone is on his own - there is no group meeting or any particular location

      March 10, 2013

  • Sile

    Offaly good of you to do that Patrick!

    February 27, 2013


    marching with county offally!

    1 · February 19, 2013

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