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The best St. Patrick's Day events in NYC

Get your green gear on and head to the best parades, parties and performances with these St. Patrick’s Day events

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Brooklyn St. Patricks Day Parade

Top of the mornin’ to you! Here, have a Guinness! March brings these St. Patrick's Day events like 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 the first Saturday in March. The 41st Annual Parade kicks off at 1pm (130th St and Newport Ave) with grand marshals including congressman and respected community members. Early birds can attend a mass for peace and justice at St. Francis de Sales church (129th St and Rockaway Beach Blvd) at 10:30am.

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05 Mar 2016

London Irish vs. Saracens rugby match

The first official rugby match on American soil kicks off in New Jersey this weekend, with a special pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration. Drink green beer from the beverage tents, chow down on snacks and listen to live music before the match pitting two of Europe's most popular clubs goes down. Tickets start at just $30.

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12 Mar 2016

Annual St. Patrick's Day Open Day

The Irish Arts Center opens its doors for an Irish extravaganza, filled with authentic music, dances, craft workshops and delicious tea. 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.

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13 Mar 2016

DAYBREAKERR NYC: Leprechauns, Bling & Rainbows

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day—the healthy way—during DAYBREAKER NYC’s luck-fest of champions. Hit the dance floor at the crack of dawn, sip some green juice (save the Guinness for a later) and nab a refreshing Cool Brew to get your body in motion. The fun starts at 6am (shudder), but don’t worry—the energized DJs and crowd will give you enough energy to shout, “Top of the morning to ya!” from the second you walk through the doors.

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16 Mar 2016

Leprechaun

Before she made her television debut in Friends, Jennifer Aniston starred in a totally bananas horror movie about a murderous leprechaun. This St. Patrick's Day, the Mark Jones–directed film Leprechaun will play at Nitehawk Cinema for one night only. Drinking more draft beer than you can handle may help you make sense of this gorey 1993 camp favorite.

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17 Mar 2016

St. Patrick's Day Parade

No St. Patrick's Day in NYC would be complete without staking out a spot at this parade, which makes its 255th 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 NY Senator George Mitchell. Fifth Ave from 44th St to 79th St.

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17 Mar 2016

St. Patrick's Day at the Merchant's House Museum

New York's only preserved 19th-century home takes you through its fourth-floor servants' quarters, which were carefully restored and repainted in their original colors. Learn about the daily successes and struggles of the Irish immigrants who worked as staff in the mid–19th century. At the haunted house tour on Friday night, uncover the mystery of some of the bizarre occurrences that took place in the servants' quarters, and face the specters of family members who passed away in the house.

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Thu Mar 17 - Fri Mar 18

Saint Patrick's Day for Sinners

The ever-excitable Wasabassco Burlesque crew celebrates the wildest day of the year with a lovely lineup of flame-haired dames, including Varla Velour, Nasty Canasta, Sydni Deveraux and others, plus ginger sideshow stuntman and illusionist Albert Cadabra. If you’re inspired by all the bare flesh on display, flash a bit of green in the emerald-underwear contest.

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18 Mar 2016

St. Patrick’s Weekend in Irish New York

If the traditional 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.

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Sun Mar 13 - Sat Mar 19

Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade

The British first conquered New York City right in Brooklyn Heights, and centuries later the Irish American Parade Committee still commemorates the 41st anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn (as many of the committee members’ forefathers were involved in that war) and celebrates Irish-American contributions to New York City. At 12:45pm, the procession also honors the heroes and victims of 9/11.

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20 Mar 2016

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Judith M
Judith M

Do you know about the St. Patrick's Day Dinner and Dance ($20) at Daniel's Music on Friday the 13th?

It's a music therapy program on 101st Street and Lexington Avenue.