We will paint the town green with our Irish friends this Thursday (17th March) for Saint Patrick’s Day. Discover ways to celebrate in New York, including the annual parade, a “Spirit of the Irish” ghost tour at Merchant’s House Museum and more!
HOW TO CELEBRATE:
Saint Patrick’s Day Parades:
The largest of its kind in the world, the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC is legendary, with over 150,000 marchers. The first New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade was held on March 17, 1762. This year’s parade starts at 11am at 44th Street and marches north up Fifth Avenue finishing at 79th Street around 5pm .
For Brooklyners, there is a parade on Sunday 20th March at 1pm in Prospect Park to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn.
‘Manhattan’s most haunted house’ (The New York Times) is hosting “Spirit of the Irish” candlelit ghost tours on Friday March 18th at 6:30pm and 7:00pm.
Merchant’s House Museum invites you to venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.
Grab a Guinness:
There are almost 2,000 Irish pubs and bars in Manhattan, so start early if you want to try them all! Check out Best Guinness NYC for tips on where to find the perfect pint. If you’re passing through Greenwich Village you’ll get a warm welcome at St. George’s Society’s favorite, Mr. Dennehy’s.
If Guinness isn’t your thing, why not enjoy a cocktail overlooking the Empire State Building which will be lit orange, white and green in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. We recommend 230 Fifth and Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room. Order a Jameson Irish Whiskey and enjoy the view!
WHO IS SAINT PATRICK?
Although widely known as the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick was actually born in Roman Britain around AD 387. He worked as a Catholic missionary across Ireland for over 60 years and is said to have converted more than 135,000 people, built over 300 churches and consecrated 350 bishops before his death on March 17th in AD 461 and *fun fact* he is also the patron saint of Nigeria and engineers.
Saint Patrick has also made other notable contributions to Irish culture. Legend has it that it was Saint Patrick who first used the Irish clover to symbolize the holy trinity. His life is honored each year during Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17th.