Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day While the Parade Passes By
ZEALnyc, March 16, 2018
This year’s St. Patrick Day Parade is on Saturday, March 17, and is one of New York’s oldest parades, dating back to 1762 — fourteen years prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence!
Leading off the parade are members from the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) and the 69th Regiment, followed by various Irish societies of NYC, the 32 Irish county societies, schools, colleges, Emerald societies and Irish language and nationalist societies. There are typically over 150,000 marchers who participate. This year’s Grand Marshall is Loretta Brennan Glucksman, co-founder of Glucksman Ireland House at New York University and Chair Emeritus of the American Ireland Fun
The parade begins at 11:00am at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue and travels north past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street until it reaches its completion at 79th Street, just shy of the American Irish Historical Society at East 80th Street. Viewing is available along Fifth Avenue, and a word to the wise: people start arriving early in the day to get the places closest to the street and parade route.
For more information from the official parade organizers click here.