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Saint Patrick's Day Events in NYC for 2011

The East River may not be any more green than normal, but you can bet it’s that time of year – St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and here’s your guide to the events and parades around the city.

2010 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Parade Info

By far the biggest event will be this year’s 250th anniversary of the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, which typically attracts 150,000 participants and 2 million spectators. The parade will start at 11:00am at 44th Street, march up Fifth Ave, and end at 86th Street at approximately 5:00pm. If you’re planning on attending the parade, check the official web site for parade information, viewing locations, and a complete list of the organizations and marching bands that will be participating. Using public transit is recommended, to cut down on congestion in Midtown – the MTA has published a guide to taking the subways and bus lines to the parade area.

Can’t make it to Fifth Ave this Thursday, or don’t want to deal with the crowds? NBC New York will be broadcasting the parade live on their site, or you could attend one of these other upcoming NYC-area parades:

Park Slope Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 20th , 2011 at 1:00pm along Prospect Park West and Seventh Ave

Bay Ridge Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 27th, 2011 at 1:00pm

More Events City-wide

The NYC Parks Department has a great list of Saint Patrick’s Day and Irish culture events.

If you’re in a partying mood, check out Thrillist’s list of perfect St. Patty’s bars or join the celebration at any of NYC’s Irish pubs

Driving to NYC? Be aware of the street closures for Thursday due to the parade.

Have a safe holiday!

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