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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Best St. Patrick’s Day events in NYC
March your way over to Rockaway Beach for a pre-St. Patrick’s Day Parade the first Saturday in March. The 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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Step back in time and explore the city's organized crime history with this Saturday evening walking tour. Beginning at the southeast corner of 42nd Street and 8th Ave, the tour visits the streets and establishments where infamous Irish gang members once reigned supreme.
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.
If you're in the mood for a debaucherous St. Paddy's Day, look no further than this three-day annual debacle. First, purchase a green wristband for $10 at the Village Pourhouse (multiple locations in the city). Then, use it to cash in on drink specials at a bunch of bars around town.
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.
Celebrate St. Patty's Day on the Hudson with Coney Island Brewery. Sip tasty brews, nosh on complimentary potato croquettes, Irish nachos, smoked salmon bruschetta and corned beef and cabbage pinwheels and boogie to a live DJ set, all while taking in views of the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge—and avoiding the St. Patrick's Day crowds.
Forget crowded pubs and green beer—celebrate St. Patrick's Day by laughing your face off at Q.E.D.'s comedy show hosted by Kevin Froleiks. The Irish comics on the lineup include Erin Lynn O'Connor, Kevin Michael Smith, Justin Flannigan, Parick J. Reilly, Sinead Hennessy and Evan M. Williams.
This St. Patrick's Day, the Rob Spera–directed film Leprechaun in the Hood 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 2000 cult favorite where a man (spoiler alert!) gets stabbed in the neck with an afro pick.
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.
The British first conquered New York City right in Brooklyn Heights, and centuries later the Irish American Parade Committee still commemorates the 42nd 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.