Join New York's Irish community and friends from around the world for the 2013 New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on Fifth Avenue.
- When: Saturday, March 16th, 2013 from 11:00AM until approximately 5:00PM
- Where: The New York St. Patrick's Day Parade starts at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue at 11:00AM and proceeds up Fifth Avenue to 86th Street.
- St. Patrick's Day Parade Viewing Tips:
There is no one best spot to watch, though the Parade will be reviewed from the steps of Saint Patrick's Cathedral by His Eminence Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York. There will also be an official reviewing stand for other prominent attendees at 64th Street and 5th Avenue. Good viewing spots for the public are toward the north end of the parade route, away from the bigger crowds below 59th Street.
The NYPD is reminding people that public drinking of alcohol is strictly forbidden during the parade. Anyone found drinking can be ticketed and arrested, and police will confiscate all alcoholic beverages.
- Getting to the New York St. Patrick's Day Parade: It's best to leave your car at home and take the subway to the parade route.
However, if you do decide to drive, here are some traffic and parking tips from experts Gridlock Sam and Park It! Guide author Margot Tohn:
- The parade forms along Vanderbilt Avenue between 43rd and 46th Streets; 43rd Street between Vanderbilt and 5th Avenues; 44th to 45th Streets between 6th and Vanderbilt Avenues; and 46th to 48th Streets between 6th and Park Avenues. These streets will be closed during the parade. The parade route along 5th Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street will also be closed.
- Street closures will probably go into effect between 9 and 10 a.m. and end at around 5:30 p.m. Streets gradually re-open as the parade moves along and streets are cleaned.
- If you have to drive around the city that day, it’s best to use streets below 42nd or above 79th Streets.
- If you’re looking for garage parking, beware that many garages and lots near the parade route may charge an ‘Event Rate’, which can be significantly more than the regular daily rate. Confirm the rate before you park.
- If you can park by 10 a.m., keep an eye out for the Early Bird Special rates which average $20 from about 37th to 40th Streets between 3rd and 1st Avenues.
- New York St. Patrick's Day Parade History:
The first St.Patrick's Day parade in New York City was organized in 1762 by Irish soldiers. In the early days, marchers would gather at their parish churches and march to the Old St Patrick's Cathedral (now at Mott and Prince Streets), where the Archbishop would address the crowd before revelers dispersed to celebrate at the Irish pubs (much like they do today).
When St. Patrick’s Cathedral moved uptown, the parade moved with it. Today, the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade is the largest annual parade in New York City, according to the New York Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The St Patrick's Day Parade is also one of the few that does not allow cars, floats, or other vehicles. The more than 150,000 marchers are led by members of the 165th Infantry (originally the Irish 69th Regiment of Fighting Irish fame). Participants include members of Irish societies from New York and around the country.
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