While you may not get any luck getting your hands on a four-leaf clover anytime soon, getting in on some of the luck and drinks of the Irish on St. Patty’s day may not be so hard to do. With so many events to get in on some shenanigans, we’ve got a list of things to do and places to be so you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day New York-style.
The Official St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan
This parade has been a holiday fixture in NYC for over 250 years! Some of the first Irish immigrants in this city banded together to commemorate their homeland and today, the festivities are jollier than they’ve ever been. Appropriately, the parade-goers for St. Patrick’s Day 2017 will go past St. Patrick’s Cathedral and march over 40 blocks, celebrating in Irish traditions, which include Irish dancing and bagpiping. Grab your green garb and deck yourself head to toe in Irish colors and join in on the fun!
Feeling Festively Irish in Queens
Queens has quite the Irish population, particularly in Far Rockaway and in Woodside, going as far back as the 1930’s. It would only be natural that some of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade NYC has to offer happens in these neck of the Woods(ide). If you happen to be nearby the beaches of Far Rockaway, you can enjoy the Queens’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the evening, which will lead to drinking and dancing in Irish fashion to music performed by the Celtic Justice Band. For those closer along the 7 line, Woodside and Sunnyside also host their own street festivities with this year’s St. Pat’s for All Parade , which marches near Skillman Ave. and 43rd St. The neighborhood also offers a great selection of drinks from their collection of bars known as the “Boulevard Bars,” which include Maggie Mae’s, Courtyard Ale House, McGuinness’s, Bar 43 and more. There is no shortage of after parties in this neighborhood once you’re all done marching.
Brooklyn and Bronx Parade Happenings
While the British duked it out with Washington’s troops at the Brooklyn Heights promenade back in the day (Declaration of Independence days), the Irish American Parade Committee still give honor to the forefathers that have fought the frontlines during these times. The remembrance of these battles takes place at the Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade, happening at the picturesque area of Prospect Park. Up further north in the Bronx, the Throgs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be kicking off for the 18th year on East Tremont Avenue between Lafayette and Harding Ave.
Drinking and Being Merry
St. Patrick’s Day Booze Cruise
Top-shelf open bar and dancing to a live DJ set on the East River? Yes, please! Join Empire Cruises for this two hour booze-cruise, which includes drinking of wine, beer and top-shelf alcohol, light bites and music against the city view backdrops of the Statue of Liberty, Governor’s Island and more..
St. Patrick’s Day Three-Day Bar Crawl
One bar, two bars, three bars, floor! Get your ticket to join the parade whose route involves many, many top bars in NYC through this three-day bar crawl. Starting at the East Village and heading northbound towards Midtown, you’ll be hopping at countless bars that will offer great drink specials to keep your party going block after block.
City Lodge Presents Glamrock
If you’re going to drink, why not take shots to a great cause? Glamrock is hosting shenanigans in bouncy castles and in front of a photo booth for St. Patty Day patrons to enjoy. They’ve glammed up a restaurant to host a pink and green party that will come with a fully loaded bar that is ready to enjoy and 5,000 square feet for partying and dancing to live music and DJ. Proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood, so bottoms up for babes, boobies and bodaciously good health!
St. Patrick’s Beer & Art Run
If you’ve got a muse for street murals and a craving for craft beer, we’ve got the perfect St. Patrick’s Day event for you. Head over to the gorgeous LIC neighborhood, where you’re walking distance from the cityscape river views at Gantry Plaza. Just a few blocks, you start off the 10K, which is more about the views and company rather than the competition. You can enjoy many selfies and photo ops here, where you are welcomed to stop and strike a pose against the local street art around LIC and then finish off with a complimentary beer from Rockaway Brewing Company to applaud your athletic feats.
Photo Credit: Bedford and Bowery
If you’re looking for a go-at-your-own pace on St. Patrick’s Day, NYC’s official website has a list of all of the best bars where you can enjoy wetting your whistles with great company and following where the luck of the Irish takes you. Find out the top bars for St. Patrick’s Day in NYC here.