Whether you are a part of the large Irish community in New York City or just passing through, one thing is for sure; New York’s variety of St. Patrick’s day festivities will have you feeling anything but green.
March 17, 2018 marks a celebration of Irish culture around the world to commemorate the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. He escaped a monastery to convert to Christianity and spread it throughout Ireland in the late 4th century AD. Patrick was a hero to Christians in Ireland and has been celebrated there every year since his death. It was not until the mid-1700s that Patrick’s beliefs were spread across the Atlantic Ocean and embraced and celebrated in America. What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s efforts and Irish heritage than in New York, a melting pot of cultures that are embraced with parades, parties, and people galore.
Take a look at some of the best activities and events that New York has to offer for St. Patrick’s day this year.
An experience rich in history: Take a guided tour of Manhattan’s Merchant Museum to experience the life that Irish immigrants lived while serving the Tredwell family. On this tour you will meet Bridget Murphy who was a Tredwell servant, and see where the Irish servants lived and worked.
Click here for ticket pricing, location, and more information on other Irish inspired tours at the Merchant Museum.
An experience rich in excitement: Be one of 2 million spectators at the largest St.Patrick’s Day parade in the world. The parade route goes up Fifth Avenue beginning at East 44th Street and ending at East 79th Street. The parade kicks off at 11:00AM. Over 100,000 people march in this parade including dancers, marching bands, and bagpipers, so wear your brightest green clothes and get ready to have a smile plastered across your face after feeling the energy and enthusiasm from the crowd.
Click here for the parades official website.
An experience rich in flavor: Restaurants like Pig N Whistle or Jack Doyle’s offer Irish classics like corned beef hash or sausage, or try NY Bagels delicious green bagel only on St. Patrick’s Day. Sprinkles will also be offering 2 different St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes that will satisfy your sweet tooth.