Every year, approximately two million spectators line Fifth Avenue to watch the largest parade in the world take place. This year marks the 250th anniversary of New York City’s celebration of Ireland’s patron saint. If it’s your first time enjoying St. Patrick’s Day in NYC, we’ve got some tips on how to make your day memorable.

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1. May the Road Rise to Meet You. Knowing where to stand is key to enjoying the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade starts at 44th (and where?)street at 11:00 am and goes all the way to 86th St. (and where?). Avoid standing anywhere near the parade’s start where Cardinal Egan watches the parade from the steps of the cathedral. Pick the steps of the Metropolitan museum (at 82nd) for a smushing-free vantage point.  There are bleachers and free tickets are available for the bleachers at 62nd St but are first come, first served.

2. Show off Your Shamrock. Kelly green is the official color to wear if you don’t want to get pinched. Get festive with face paint, go head-to-toe monochrome, or just pick up a flag to wave along the sidelines. Nothing you can wear says “too leprechaun” for this occasion, trust us!

3. Know Where Your Pot of Gold Is. Once the parade ends, have a plan in place to celebrate at one of the city’s venerable establishments.  If corned beef and cabbage are what you’re after, try for a table at George Keeley’s on the Upper West Side for traditional Irish eats. Want to get down to Gaelic music? Swing by Jack Demsey’s in Midtown or Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar in Gramercy where both hornpipes and jigs are expected. And if you just want to raise a pint to the luck o’ the Irish, stop by O’Flaherty’s Ale House in Hell’s Kitchen, Nancy Whiskey Pub in Tribeca, or Ulysses’ near South Street.

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