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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2014
Photograph: Marielle Solan St. Patrick's Day Parade 2014

The best St. Patrick’s Day events in NYC

Parades, pub crawls and step dancing—oh my! Here are the best St. Paddy's Day events NYC has to offer.

By Shaye Weaver and Time Out contributors
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You don't need to be Irish to mark St. Patrick's Day (and you certainly don't need to drink green beer). That's the beauty of celebrating in New York City. From the annual St. Paddy's Day parades across the boroughts to pub crawls and live music, the Big Apple is alive with joyful festivities splashed in green. If partying isn't your scene, there's still plenty to do like taking an authentic Irish cooking class and learning all about how Irish immigrants live here during the 19th century. Either way, get ready to belt your favorite drinking songs, bust out a limerick and show off your shamrocks—St. Patrick’s Day in NYC is going to be a blast!

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Best St. Patrick’s Day events in NYC

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1. Visit some Irish pubs in NYC

Bars

Glugging down pints of Guinness shouldn't be reserved solely for St. Patrick's Day, but we understand the craving will be strong on March 16 and March 17. After the infamous parade, bask in the Celtic atmosphere at some of the city's best traditional Gaelic taverns. Our list of Irish pubs offer fail-proof combo of cocktails, some of the best beer in the city and plenty of Irish coffees inspired by the Emerald Isle. Toast to drinking like the Irish! 

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