The New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade is coming up soon, and NYC's parade is a really big deal. It's the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world. The first NYC parade was held in 1762, and it's been a time-honored tradition of Irish pride ever since.
From pipe and drum bands to dancers and performers in regalia, midtown Manhattan transforms into a big party with a sea of green revelers every year for this festive affair. More than 150,000 people march in the parade every year, with more than 2 million spectators cheering them on.
Below, you'll find everything you need to know about 2024's parade, including when and where it'll be taking place. Make sure to check out our other suggestions for great St. Patrick’s Day events, too.
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When is the St. Patrick's Day Parade?
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on Saturday, March 16, 2024.
What time does the St. Patrick's Day Parade start?
The procession starts at 11am and ends around 4:30pm.
Where can I get the best view?
Anywhere on Fifth Avenue will provide a good view of the festivities. Spectators can begin lining up as early as they would like. For the best views, get there early.
If you want to try to score grandstand seats, you've got to mail a letter (yes, really) to the parade committee (here's how).
Where is the St. Patrick's Day Parade route?
The parade begins at 44th Street, marching up Fifth Avenue—past St. Patrick's Cathedral at 50th Street—all the way to 79th Street.
Will there be restooms along the route?
There will not be portable restrooms set up along the parade route, so prepare your bladder accordingly. We also recommend bookmarking the Got2Go NYC bathroom map.
Can I watch the parade from home?
Yes, indeed. If you want to stay home and avoid the crowds, watch the parade on NBC 4 New York or at this livestream.
What are the street closures for the St. Patrick's Day Parade?
A lot of them. During the Parade, street traffic is detoured away from 5th Avenue between 44th to 79th Streets, which can cause an overflow on adjacent streets.
If you're trying to get somewhere in this area on parade day, you're better off walking than trying to drive.