Whether you hail from the Emerald Isle is of no consequence—on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone can lay claim to being at least a little bit Irish (even the City’s bagels and beer, which go green for the occasion). The parade itself lays claim to being the oldest (it was first held in 1762) and largest of its kind in the world. So clad yourself in kelly green and watch bagpipers, marching bands and assorted revelers from near and far.
Note: For religious reasons, this year’s parade will be held the day before the holiday, Saturday, March 16.
The route: The parade starts at 11am, marching up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street. It typically ends by 5pm.