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 and 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 NYC Celtic Music Meet Up members at Dempsey's traditional Irish seisun.
The annual parade up Fifth Avenue to honor the patron saint of Ireland is a New York 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 entire history of the Parade along with the complete Line of March etc.
Our goal is to gather together to support, promote, play and enjoy Irish and other forms of Celtic music in the greater New York City area. We welcome musicians who wish to play this music or learn how to play it as well as fans who wish to see live shows by artists in this genre. New York City has a rich Celtic music scene and we meet several times a month to see live bands play, including local, national and international acts. We also meet regularly for open traditional Irish seisiuns, including the Tuesday night seisiun at Dempsey's, the longest-running open seisiun in New York, providing an opportunity for musicians in our group to become more active in the seisiuns. Whether you're interested in Irish traditional music, sean nos songs, classic Irish or Scottish folk, Celtic rock and punk or any other form of Celtic music, whether you like to play the music or just like to watch and listen, you should join this active, friendly and fun group. We welcome assistant organizers to help us hold even more events.