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Every March 17th, precisely at 11 a.m., about 150,000 people start marching along 5th Avenue in Manhattan to honor the patron saint of Ireland. This massive procession is the largest and the oldest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the world. The Parade is also one of the most popular annual events in New York City, gathering crowds of spectators and broadcast on TV. Whether you are Irish or not, you can surely feel the Irish spirit when thousands of bagpipers and other cheerful participants in traditional Irish clothes march by you to the sounds of Irish music.
St.Patrick's Day celebrations in New York City begin with High Holy Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral that starts at 8:30 a.m., This ticketed event is followed by the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade that goes from 44th Street to 79th Street on 5th Avenue and lasts till 5 pm. Millions of spectators gather in Manhattan throughout the day to celebrate the Irish culture. Aside from the parade, St. Patrick's Day events include stand-up comedy shows, dance parties, and concerts. So don't forget your green shirt and red beard, have a beer or a whiskey shot and join the party!
St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City was held for the first time on March 17, 1762. It's older than the celebrations in Dublin! New York City historically has a large Irish community, so there's no wonder that one of the biggest Irish holidays—St. Patrick's Day—is celebrated here so widely. Back in the 18th century when wearing green, speaking Irish, and singing Irish songs was banned in Europe, the St. Patrick's Day Parade was founded by a bunch of homesick Irish patriots and military members. Since then the parade has become one of New York's favorites.