It’s coming sooner than you might realize — St. Patrick’s day 2019 is just around the corner. And unless you’re lucky enough to be joining the festivities in Ireland, nobody does St. Patrick’s Day better than New Yorkers.
Besides indulging in traditional Irish food, wearing your favorite green shirt, and drinking Guinness, there’s the all-time favorite activity — the wonderful St. Patrick’s Day Parade, New York City style.
Who was St. Patrick?
You might wonder why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and he actually wasn’t Irish. Many historians believe he was either from Wales or Scotland.
Patrick was brought to Ireland as a slave around the age of 16, where he tended sheep. After he escaped, he had a spiritual vision and returned to Ireland as a preacher, where he chose to live out the rest of his days. Patrick died in 461, and we celebrate on March 17th to honor the day of his passing.
The History of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
You might be surprised to know that in 1737 — long before a parade was ever held in Ireland — the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was actually held in Boston. A few years later, in 1766, New York followed suit. And in 1903, Ireland joined the festivities with their own St. Patrick’s Day parade celebration.
St. Patrick and the Fable of the Snakes
Although many stories exist about St. Patrick ridding Ireland of pesky snakes, scientists now believe that there were never snakes in Ireland. Although it still makes for an intriguing story, snakes just aren’t a part of St. Patrick’s actual legacy.
Green or Blue
Although we associate the color green, and a pinch for non-green wearing offenders, the truth is that up until the 19th century, the traditional color associated with St. Patrick was actually blue.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade NYC
Although this year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday, the parade will take place on Saturday, March 16th. And, you can rest assured, as always, that the parade will go on, rain or shine.
The parade is a long event — with plenty of time for all the exciting details. It takes place between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM. A great location to view the festivities is on 5th Avenue, between 44th and 79th Street.
Of course, the earlier you arrive, the better your viewing spot will be. If you’d prefer the comfort of your own home, but don’t want to miss the exciting celebration, you can watch the event live on www.nbcnewyork.com, at 11:00 AM.
The 2019 Grand Marshall will be John O’Dwyer, nephew of the former Mayor of New York, William O’Dwyer. Amazing marching bands, mounted first responders, costumed dancers, and, of course, lots of bagpipes are sure to please your entire family.
Noteworthy Parade Tips
Along the parade route, animals or mascots will not be permitted, nor the consumption of alcoholic beverages. There will be no portable restrooms, so be sure to take that into consideration. And for everyone’s safety, backpacks, and large purses, will be subject to search by authorities.
When the parade’s over, be sure to stop by High Bar for an Irish Coffee, or a festive array of green cocktails.
We’re conveniently located on the rooftop of the DoubleTree, at 346 West 40th Street. Besides the drinks and creative appetizers, you’ll love our panoramic views of the New York City skyline.
For reservations, just give us a call at 646.362.7146. We’ll be glad to hold a table open just for you!