New York’s full of attractions that’d send the rest of the world flocking on any given day. The iconic setting, the buzzing culture, brilliant foodstuffs and more give it a character that no other can match. But St. Patrick’s Day is a different ball-game, as the city illuminates with a fantastic array of things to do to celebrate the culture of the city’s huge Irish community.
So, if you’re planning a trip to, or are in New York during Paddy’s Day, here are all the events that you should consider enjoying while you’re there!
Annual Queens County St. Patricks Day Parade
The Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade sees the celebrations in with a bang, as you’ll see the streets filled with musicians and performers putting on a real show. Starting at 1pm on the first Saturday of March, you can attend a formal mass for peace and justice in Ireland at St. Francis de Sales church on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. After, simply enjoy the show! As you watch the parade pass on by, you’ll tear up thanks to the sheer passion of these fantastic performers commemorating their Irish heritage.
Celebrate at Doc Watson’s
Boasting the best pint of Guinness on the Upper East Side, Doc Watson’s is a sure place to party of St Patrick’s Day. Expect live Irish bands playing throughout the day and make sure you try some of their authentic dishes including their Irish stew. And of course, they’ll be serving the black stuff as well as Jameson’s and Baileys. Cheers!
St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
What better way to celebrate Paddy’s Day than with a pub crawl, hey?! When a pub crawl is involved everyone’s Irish, which is exactly why you should get involved in one of the many pub crawls in and around the city. Hundreds of bars and pubs participate in drinks specials in celebration, meaning you’ll always find a beer at the end of the rainbow. Hop from bar to bar as you take advantage of drinks specials and happy hours in one of the liveliest cities in the world.
Fill Up on Heart-Warming Dishes
The lucky thing about New York’s large Irish community is that you’ll never be short of a good ol’ plate of bacon and cabbage, a pint of Guinness, and other comforting favourites. Line your stomach in The Wheeltapper just a stone’s throw from Grand Central Station or head to Lillie’s, a favourite with ex-pats, a Victorian-era themed bar with a tasty menu.
Sober St. Patrick’s Day
Alternatively, you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by doing the opposite, enjoying the Sober St. Patrick’s Day festivities at St. Patrick’s Youth Centre on Mulberry Street. Perfect for families visiting New York, you can enjoy sets from world-class musicians, singers and dancers in a grand day of musical and choreographed performances. Indulge in some food as well as teas, coffees, and soft drinks in this brilliant day celebrating all things Irish, without all the brews!