St. Patrick's Day Parade and events in New York City

If anyone knows how to party, it's the Irish. Grab a Guinness and head to the St. Patrick's Day Parade, or check out the other great events around New York City.

Photograph: Amy Beckerman

St. Patty's Day—with its green beer and high-spirited parties—can make anyone want to hide under the bed until the festivities are over. But for those who do enjoy the annual drinking holiday in March, here's our essential guide to the St. Patrick's Day parades and events in New York City that you won't want to miss. And whatever you decide to do on the big day, make sure to stop off at one of the city's best Irish pubs for a whiskey.

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Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade

Dodge the boozy crowds of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue parade and head to Brooklyn for its street celebration of all things Irish. If you want to march, assemble at noon at Prospect Park West and 14th St. Just watching? The parade begins at 15th St and Prospect Park West, marches down Seventh Ave to Garfield Pl, then turns and proceeds along Prospect Park West. RECOMMENDED: Complete St. Patrick's Day guide

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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 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

Little Ireland and Little Italy History and Tasting Tour

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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. Location disclosed with ticket purchase. Call 212-465-3331 for details.

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Location TBA Saturday March 14 2015 - Sunday March 15 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

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. Fifth Ave from 44th St to 79th St. Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St–Bryant Park; 7 to Fifth Ave; 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central. RECOMMENDED: Complete St. Patrick's Day guide

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Manhattan Tuesday March 17 2015 Free