Check out St. Patrick’s Day 2017!
The luck of the Irish will be with Upper West Side residents and visitors on March 17 when they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. According to History, the holiday dates back to over 1000 years ago, originating as an Irish religious holiday. Today, America is one of the world’s most celebratory countries on March 17. The country is known for its tradition of indulging in Irish, or simply green, food and drinks (especially Irish whiskey!), numerous parades, and wearing green to avoid getting pinched.
So, get out your green garb and open a Guinness while we take a look at the events planned on the Upper West Side to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Although it isn’t on the Upper West Side, attending the city’s famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a must for Upper West Side residents, and NYC locals and guests. Not only is it the largest parade of its kind in the world, but it’s also the oldest, dating back to the holiday in 1762. The parade is set to begin at approximately 11 a.m. on East 44th Street then head up Fifth Avenue until it reaches East 79th Street and concludes around 4:30 p.m. According to the parade’s website, nearly 2 million spectators attend the parade each year, so those who show up early will typically get the best view.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan Irish Cultural Celebration
Children are invited to join the festivities throughout the week leading up to March 17. Beginning Saturday, March 12, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan has a series of St. Patrick’s Day events planned, including everything from storytelling to arts and crafts, and an Irish Cultural Celebration for all ages. On the big day, events like Lucky Leprechaun Rainbow Woodstock are exclusive to guests age five and under. For a full list of events, visit the museum’s website. The museum is located in The Tisch Building at 212 West 83rd Street.
AiR (Atmospheric Irish Recital) and The Yanks at Lincoln Center
Enjoy the sounds of “traditional Irish music with [a] 21st-century verve” at Lincoln Center on St. Patrick’s Day. AiR’s electro-acoustic music will merge with The Yanks’ traditional Irish sound for a performance that will celebrate the music of the holiday.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on March 17 at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Admission is free and tickets are not required, but seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Official St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl NYC
What would a St. Patrick’s Day celebration be without one or two, or 11, good Irish pubs? Experience some of the best bars that Manhattan has to offer at PubCrawl.com’s Official St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. The cost to attend is $7.77. Registration takes place from five to 9 p.m., and the event ends at 2 a.m. In addition to the main event, the organization is also hosting two additional pub crawls, Happy Hour and Luck of the Irish, on March 11 and 12, respectively, in celebration of the upcoming holiday. Of course, you must be 21 years old or older to attend. For more information, a list of the participating bars, and to purchase tickets, head over to the organization’s St. Patrick’s Day website.