St. Patrick's Day Parade, Event in NYC

6 Tips for Attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade draws millions of spectators and two-hundred year old traditions. Here are some tips for enjoying this NY Event.

February 12, 2016

Since 1762, people have gathered on the streets of New York City for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This is the 2nd oldest such parade in the country, and it is one of the City’s largest parades. Both locals and guests at Hotels in Manhattan attend this NY Event.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on March 17th, and more than two million people will line the streets to watch the marching bands and other participants. The parade starts in Midtown at 44th and 5th and ends on the Upper East Side at 79th and 5th. An important tradition surrounding the parade is that the current Archbishop watches from the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Archbishop enjoys the view from one of the most photographed cathedrals in the City.

If you’ll be attending this year’s parade, here are a few tips to consider.

Arrive Early
The parade begins at 11 a.m., but those hoping to snag front-of-the-crowd viewing spots will arrive much earlier. While it is not necessary to arrive this early, if you want the very best spots then try to get there by 9 a.m.

Don’t Drive
You will find parking garages near the parade route, but to avoid a lot of waiting and frustration, public transportation is a much better way to go. From Grand Central Station, it’s just a short walk to the watch this iconic NY Event.         

Where to Watch
There are lots of great viewing spots along the parade route. The steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the upper steps) offer a good view along with a place to sit. The route ends at 79th Street, and this is a perfect place from which to get a look at the participants. As mentioned above, these prime spots will fill up fast, so get their early to claim one.

Bring a Snack
Lots of food will be available near the parade route, but you can save some money – and not lose your viewing spot – by packing a few snacks and bottles of water. Note that alcohol is not allowed. Those caught with alcohol can be ticketed or arrested, so stop at a nearby pub after the parade if you want a drink.

Public bathrooms are located near certain points along the parade route, including in Bryant Park which is a couple of blocks from where this NY Event starts. Note that some of the Restaurants along the parade route may have a customers-only policy for their restrooms, so be prepared to buy something should you need to use their restrooms.

TV Coverage
If you’d rather watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade from the comfort of your Guest Room at our Hotel in Manhattan then you can watch it live online. With high-speed internet available in all of our Guest Rooms and Guest Suites, you’ll have no issue streaming all the action.  

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