We’re All Irish on St. Patrick’s Day
ZEALnyc, March 16, 2017
As we near the middle of March, many of us look in our closets for something green to wear on St. Patrick’s Day. Even if you’re not of Irish decent, there is something fun in taking part in the tradition of ‘wearing of the green.’ The major event celebrating the holiday is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, always taking place on the actual day—unless it falls on a Sunday, in which case it is held on the Saturday before. This year the parade is on Friday, 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 Limerick, Ireland native Michael J. Dowling, President & CEO of Northwell Health, who is the first hospital head to hold this honorary title.
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.