Our Ultimate Guide To St. Patrick’s Day in NYC

We made this list with info on the parade, events, pubs, live music, and traditional food to help you enjoy your St. Paddy’s Day in NYC to the fullest.

March 18, 2024

The Ultimate Guide To St. Patrick’s Day in NYC From a Local

Just like the Pride Parade, St. Patrick’s Day in Manhattan can be colorful and chaotic. Planning your day beforehand is a good idea to navigate through the midtown chaos smoothly. If you're visiting but not keen on joining the festivities, it's still helpful to know the parade route and popular pubs to steer clear of big crowds. We made this list with info on the parade, events, pubs, live music, and traditional food to help you enjoy your St. Paddy’s Day in NYC to the fullest.

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Watch the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Parade is the main event in NYC for St. Patrick's Day. It starts at 44th Street and goes up 5th Avenue, passing St. Patrick's Cathedral near Rockefeller Center and ending at 79th Street by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The parade runs from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM and always attracts a lively crowd. You can find more information about the parade here.

Go to a St. Patrick’s Day Event

NYC offers a variety of St. Patrick’s Day events. Check out our blog featuring this year's top events for those in the city during the holiday. Whether it's a party cruise, a festive tour, traditional celebrations, , or even a sober one, you can find the details on our blog here.

Visit an Irish Pub

Irish pubs are abundant in NYC, and most of them embrace St. Patrick’s Day celebrations all week long with live traditional music (called seisiúns), festive bar food, and a choice between traditional Irish pints or equally good green beer. Check out our blog featuring the best Irish Pubs in NYC here.

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See Some Live Music

If you're looking to steer clear of the younger, rowdier crowd that Irish Pubs might draw in the evening, NYC's live music venues always have something special for the holidays, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. Check out our blog featuring the best bars with live music in NYC [here] for an alternative and fun way to celebrate after the parade.

Eat Some Traditional Irish Food

While many Irish Pubs serve a complete traditional meal for the special day, if you're craving authentic Irish dishes like Shepherd's Pie or Corned Beef with Cabbage, we recommend visiting Molly's in Midtown or the Dead Rabbit downtown.

But if you're exploring beyond pubs and in the mood for a satisfying corned beef sandwich, here's a tip: In NYC, many delis celebrated for their fantastic pastrami also serve delicious corned beef creations. Check out our blog featuring NYC delis with great pastrami here.

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