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: www.nycstpatricksparade.org. Here you can find the entire history of the Parade along with the complete Line of March etc.