How to Navigate the 2016 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

This year, opt to spend St. Patrick’s Day in New York City. Don your best Kelly green, play hooky, hop on the LIRR and watch the largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade live. Don’t worry about not being able to see the action. We’ve got the details on where to watch for the most enjoyable view and what to do when it’s over.

When is the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade?

On St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 11am to about 4:30pm.

Where is the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade?

The parade beings at 44th Street and travels up Fifth Avenue ending at 79th Street.

What’s the Deal? Why Should I Go?

Attending a NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a bucket-list item. Not only is it the biggest parade in the world—more than 150,000 people march in it—it’s the oldest, dating back to the 1760s. And when else do you have an excuse to play hooky, dress in green and celebrate the Emerald Isle?

Where’s the Best Place to Watch the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade?

Head north. At about 64th Street and Fifth and up there tends to be less crowds. If you really want to be in the center of it all head to Rockefeller Center where there are also plenty of spots to grab food.

Who is this Year’s Grand Marshal?

This year’s Grand Marshal honor goes to former US senator George Mitchell, who helped negotiate the Good Friday Peace Agreement in Northern Ireland.

Pulse Insider Tip: After the parade head to Doc Watson’s on Second Avenue between 77th and 78th streets and have a meal outside in the garden (weather permitting), or enjoy pool, darts and live Irish music inside.