Friday, March 14, 2008

For Blarney's Sake, its St. Patrick's Day in NYC

Being a redhead myself, with more than a drop of Irish blood in me and an obsession with wearing green, I've always enjoyed St. Patrick's Day. And in New York City, they know how to do the holiday up right. Every March 17, the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade hosts 150,000-250,000 marchers in front of 2 million spectators, making it one of the largest parades in the world. It is one of the oldest too, having been created in 1762 by a group of homesick Irish ex-patriots. Today, the parade features celebrities, the Mayor and other politicians, and tons of traditional Irish fare including folk music and dancing ginger-heads. Go check it out for sure as it travels up 5th Ave. from 44th to 86th St. from about 11am to 3pm or later. 


Note: For those who can't wait for the traditional date to celebrate all things Irish, Jersey City has an early day of festivities, usually a week or two before 3/17. Everyone goes all out, with green hair, fake red beards, and more leprechaun hats than you'd care to encounter. There are also tons of smaller parades and events around Manhattan and the boroughs to help you get your green on. 

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Ming the Merciless said...

NJ celebrated their St. Pat's day on March 1.

I was in Newark for a birthday party that Saturday and noticed a sea of green hair and green faces descending on NJ via the PATH trains.