The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of New York City’s oldest traditions. The first parade was on March 17, 1762, yes, before America was America! The first parade was a group of Irish ex-patriots and Irish military members serving with the British Army stationed in the colonies in New York. Wearing green was a sign of Irish pride, but was banned in Ireland. In the 1762 parade, people spoke Irish, wore green, sung Irish songs and played the pipes to Irish tunes that were meaningful to the Irish immigrants of that time.
Today, the parade marches up 5th Avenue and is reviewed from the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. This tradition of marching past St. Patrick’s Cathedral has been the same. Go out and enjoy the parade along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The parade can also be watched live on NBCNewYork.com beginning at 11:00 a.m. on March 17. Throughout the day along the parade route, millions of spectators come to celebrate.
This year is the Ireland 2016 Centenary Year. Senator George Mitchell is the Grand Marshal, of a celebration scheduled to have about 200,000 people marching up 5th Avenue!
Find out more information about the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade here!