New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade Turns 250 Today
One of New York’s most beloved traditions is the St. Patrick’s Day parade. This year marks an especially big celebration since it’s the 250th anniversary of the parade. Make sure to don your finest green threads and get ready for a fun and rowdy adventure as you commemorate the luck o’ the Irish today.
Here are some key details to make the most of the day:
- The parade starts at 11 a.m. at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue, and then marches all the way up Fifth Avenue to 86th Street. It usually takes about five or six hours to make it up the entire route.
- Public transportation is your best bet for navigating around the parade because of road closures -- take a quick peek at the MTA’s suggested routes to avoid getting stuck somewhere.
- The most enthusiastic of revelers tend to congregate mostly below 59th Street -- if you want to get cozy with the crowds, this is the place for you.
- Need a little more space? One of the best spots to watch is from the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You’ll get just enough height to see over everyone in front of you and view all the floats and marchers.