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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day In New York City

By Jessica F, March 2013

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New York City boasts being home to the world’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1762, and today holds the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the planet with over two million attendees each year. If you want to see the parade, it begins at 11am at 44th street and continues up Fifth Avenue for about five hours to 86th. Led by the 69th Infantry Regiment, 150,000 marchers — including bands, dance troupes, associations, firefighters, police, social groups and cultural clubs and more — follow to create a lively procession. It takes place on March 17th each year, except when that date falls on a Sunday, in which case the event is held on Saturday, March 16. This year the parade will take place on March 16, 2013. Because this is such a huge event, you’ll want to get there a few hours early to get a good spot. For the best views with less crowds, head north of 66th and Fifth.

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