Bust out your finest green T-shirts: Saint Patrick's Day 2016 is officially upon us. One of the biggest events happening at the forefront of every spring is the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, which marches along Fifth Avenue—and passes by venerable New York attractions, including St. Patrick's Cathedral and Central Park. There are plenty of other ways to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day 2016: Read on for our guide to the best St. Patrick's Day parades, events, Irish pubs and more.
When is Saint Patrick's Day?
This year, Saint Patrick's Day falls on Thursday, March 17, 2016.
What is Saint Patrick's Day?
Saint Patrick's Day occurs annually on March 17, the date marked by the death of Saint Patrick, Ireland's most celebrated patron saint. The festivities surrounding this date specifically commemorate Saint Patrick, and the subsequent arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
Where is the New York Saint Patrick's Day Parade?
The Parade starts at 11am at 44th Street, marching up Fifth Avenue—past St. Patrick's Cathedral at 50th Street—all the way to 79th Street. It finishes around 4:30-5:00pm at the American Irish Historical Society at East 80th Street.
Things to do on Saint Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day Parade and events in NYC
Grab a Guinness and head to one of these great events around the city
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