St. Patrick's Day Parade and events in NYC

Get your green gear on and head to the best parades, parties and performances celebrating St. Patty’s Day

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Brooklyn St. Patricks Day Parade

Top of the mornin’ to you! Here, have a Guinness! March brings the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and you know what that means—sure, a lot of drunk college kids, but also a ton of fun events, Irish pub crawls and Celtic dance performances. So belt out your favorite drinking songs and let this be an excuse for you to finally try out some of the best beer bars in the city. You’ll be busting out a limerick in no time.

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St. Patrick's Day events by date

Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March your way over to Rockaway Beach for a pre–St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the first Saturday in March. The 40th annual parade kicks off at 1pm (130th St and Newport Ave) with grand marshals including a congressman and respected community members. Early birds can attend a mass for peace and justice at St. Francis de Sales Church (129-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd at 129th St) at 10:30am.

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Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk Until Saturday March 7 2015

10th Annual NYC Craft Beer Festival

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Just in time for the Irish festivities, chug it up at the 10th Annual NYC Craft Beer Festival. With 75 breweries, including favorites like Abita, Finback, Lagunitas, Doc’s Draft Ciders and Kentucky Bourbon, there will be a whopping 150 beers available for the pouring. You’ll get a personal tasting glass and unlimited two-ounce tastings, and be sure to stop by the Craft Concierge Center to ask brewery experts all the beer-related questions your local bartender couldn’t answer. Sessions are $55 on Friday at 8pm, or Saturday at 2 and 7pm.

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Lexington Avenue Armory Friday March 13 2015 - Saturday March 14 2015

The Celtic Appalachia

One of the best-known Irish-American bands from the heart of West Virginia, the Bing Brothers Band will be strummin’ at Symphony Space March 14. Accompanied by the Green Fields of America and special guests Kyle Alden and Jake Krack, the concert will be a true Celtic celebration. Tickets are available for a midday show at 2:30pm or Saturday night at 8pm.

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Symphony Space Saturday March 14 2015

March Tours at the Merchant's House Museum

New York's only preserved 19th-century home will celebrate the grand opening tour of the fourth-floor servants' quarters, which were carefully restored and repainted in its original colors. Families can learn about the daily successes and struggles of the Irish immigrants who worked as servants in the mid-19th century. Ages 5 and up.

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Merchant's House Museum Friday March 13 2015 - Sunday March 15 2015

Little Ireland and Little Italy History and Tasting Tour

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Location disclosed with ticket purchase. Call 212-465-3331 for details. St. Paddy's Day is marked on the calendar, but St. Joseph's? NYC Discovery Tours preps for both festivals, the former marked by its corned beef and spirits, the latter known for pastries made in devotion to Saint Joseph. Stops include the Five Points, Mulberry Street, and purveyors of pizza, prosciutto and St. Joseph's cake.

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Location TBA Saturday March 14 2015 - Sunday March 15 2015

St. Patrick’s Day in Irish New York

If the traditional St. Patty’s parade is too much for you, check out the lower-key, lower-Manhattan walking tour, themed especially for St. Patrick’s Day. Walkers will explore NYC's former “Little Ireland” district, learn about the incredible contribution Irish immigrants made to the overall history of the city, and understand why this day is more popular in New York than it is in Ireland. Note: the meeting point will be in front of St. Paul’s Chapel. All ages.

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St. Paul's Chapel Saturday March 14 2015 - Sunday March 15 2015

Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade

It’s true that the British first conquered New York City right in Brooklyn Heights. The Battle of Brooklyn is being commemorated for the 40th year by the Brooklyn Irish American Parade Committee. This year, the parade will also honor the heroes and victims of 9/11 at 12:45pm, right before march-off at 1pm.

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Prospect Park Sunday March 15 2015 Free

Annual St. Patrick's Day Open Day

The Irish Arts Center invites families to an Irish extravaganza, filled with authentic music, dances, workshops and atmosphere. Learn to play the tin-whistle, get your face painted, experiment with tap-dancing, or simply sit back and watch the artists perform at this celebration of Irish culture. Ages 3 and up.

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Irish Arts Center Sunday March 15 2015 Free

St. Patrick's Day Parade

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No St. Patty’s Day in NYC would be complete without staking out a spot at this parade, which makes its 253rd march up Fifth Avenue. (The event is even older than the United States; it was started by a group of homesick Irish conscripts from the British army in 1762.) More than 2 million onlookers are expected to show up for the annual spectacle, whose 2014 grand marshal is Jack Ahern of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30.

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Manhattan Tuesday March 17 2015 Free