Few parades rival the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade for sheer staying power. Now readying for its 253rd trip up Fifth Avenue, this historic event – which predates the Declaration of Independence by 14 years – draws a sociable, high-spirited mix of green-garbed locals and visitors to NYC hotels. The parade begins at 11 am just a few blocks up at 44th Street and continues up Fifth to 79th Street. After you’ve watched the bagpipers and step dancers do their thing, drop by one of our favorite Irish pubs, Molly’s at 287 Third Ave. b/t 22nd and 23rd Streets, for a pint of Guinness and a classic, stick-to-your-ribs Irish Stew. Whether you’re Irish (or Irish for the day), seeing the world’s oldest and largest parade is a New York memory to be cherished.
Address: Parade begins at 44th and Fifth Avenue