World’s Oldest & Biggest Parade in Manhattan Returns Post
Pandemic Thursday in New York
may be always an Ireland, and beyond that lovely prospect, always
100 parades around the world to celebrate March 17th.
from 11:00 a.m. until about 5:00 p.m. on an island called Manhattan,
where a green stripe runs down the middle of Fifth Avenue from 44th
to 86th Street, The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of New York
City’s greatest traditions.
St. Patrick’s Day a kind of wonderful delirium takes over in
Everyone is Irish!
annual procession marches up Fifth Avenue, past St. Patrick’s
Cathedral at 50th Street, all the way up past the Metropolitan Museum
of Art at 83rd Street.
The St. Patrick’s
Day parade in NYC began even before there was a United States of America
in 1766, when Irishmen from Ireland’s Revolutionary War brought
the tradition here.
continued to march each year until after the War of 1812, when local
Irish fraternal and beneficial societies began sponsoring the event.
In those days, the parade was quite
small, marching from local Irish meeting halls to Old St. Patrick’s
Cathedral in Lower Manhattan on Mott & Prince Streets.
1851, the groups had banded together, nominating a Grand Marshall
and increasing the size of the parade.
was when the Irish 69th Regiment (now the 165th Infantry) became the
lead marchers, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians became the official
We love St. Patrick’s
It’s when the “Irishrey”
of New York come out in full celebration. Look into the faces of the
uniformed services, especially the NYC Firefighters and you will get
it right away.
We also like that
St. Patrick’s Day Parade remains true to its roots by not allowing
floats, automobiles and other commercial overkill.
great bands, bagpipes fill the air as more than 150,000 people from
all over the country and the world celebrates here in New York.
We will gather the clan Thursday and
eat the traditional dinner, loving every bit until our hands get tired.
Then we'll pull out the family album—laugh
until we choke a couple of times—and eat some more!
Saint Patrick’s Day 2022!