The St Patricks day New York parade is one of the biggest in the world
Celebrating St Patricks day New York. So being a special time for my husband we took a surprise trip to New York. I’d heard about the city turning green on March 17th and the enormous crowds that turned out to line the streets for the parade.
The parade route starts at 5th Avenue at 44th street and finishes at 79th street and runs from 11am.
There are many groups and bands that participate in the parade, between 150,000 to 250,000 marchers take part! The marching tradition dates back over 250 years with the first March taking place on March 17th in 1762.
The most touching part of the parade for me were the tributes to those who died during 9/11. 343 firefighters marched holding a flag, each representing a colleague who died in service during the terrorist attacks.
The atmosphere at the parade was great. Cheers for those marching erupted sporadically. The street cleaners got a round of applause for following the mounted division!
The rest of New York was in great spirits too. People dressed in green and enjoying the day. It was lovely to be a part of the celebrations!
Everyone is a little bit Irish on St Patricks Day!
See my video of the parade HERE