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St. Patrick's Day Parade

The New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade marched for the first time on March 17, 1762.  That was fourteen years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence,  and today it has grown to become the largest Parade in the World.

That first Parade was held on lower Broadway in 1762 by a band of homesick Irish ex-patriots and Irish military serving with the British Army stationed in the American colonies.

The Parade takes place on a Thursday this year.  It is held every March 17th (except when March 17th falls on a Sunday) and starts at 44th Street at 11:00AM.  The parade route is the only one that marches UP Fifth Avenue.  It passes St. Patrick's Cathedral at 50th Street on the way to 79th Street and the Irish Historical Society, where the parade finishes around 4:30 - 5:00 pm

(Photo by Steve Spak)