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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

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

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  • Sile

    I had a great time with family, friends and teachers marching with the Council of Gaelic Societies. Even enjoyed the light snow fall as we marched.

    March 16, 2013

  • Jared

    Hi, any tips on where to enjoy some tunes after the parade without the over-the-top crowds? Thanks!

    March 10, 2013

    • Sile

      hi Jared - there will be many places in NYC to enjoy some tunes - BB Kings has Black 47 and Streams of Whiskey - Connollys in Times Sq also has music - I would check the Irish newspaper mainly the Irish Echo to see who is in town - they will all probably be crowded though -

      2 · March 10, 2013

    • Dennis

      It's not right after the parade, but our friend Brian Tracey from the Mickey Finns is playing at the new Tir na Nog (39th near 8th) starting at 9 p.m. with several top local Irish musicians including Allen Gogarty, Bernadette Fee, Pio Ryan and Martin O'Connell. It's a little off the beaten path and the over-the-top crowds may have dissipated by then.

      March 16, 2013

  • Sile

    we'll all be scattered - some are marching - some watching on the sidelines - going with family or friends in town for the day - setting their own times to meet - we won't be marching as a group in the parade if that's what you mean, patti. If there is someone you want to meet with in the city tomorrow, you can send them an email via this page. Just click on their name and look for the email.

    March 15, 2013

  • patti

    For those watching, not marching, where are people meeting ?

    March 15, 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

  • Sile

    Rita and I will be marching with Gaelic Societies of NY - give us a hollar

    2 · March 14, 2013


    I'll be marching with the Richmond County Ancient Order of Hibernians

    1 · March 4, 2013

    • Sile

      Go n-éiri leat, a Chaoimhin!

      March 4, 2013

  • Thomas G.

    Its time for me to experience St Patrick's day parade in the big apple. I am really looking forward to it.

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • Tina

    Have never seen the St. Patrick's Day parade in NYC. It's high time I did!

    2 · February 18, 2013

  • Sile

    The official website of the Parade is:

    February 17, 2013

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