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The One Day Per Year The Big Apple Turns Green

U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band Photo by PAC Tom Sperduto / Wikimedia

There is something about the Irish that just seems to capture the imagination in people all over the world. Sure, the good folks from the Emerald Isle have made a habit of moving across the globe in years gone by, but that still doesn’t quite explain the fascination with the Irish culture, and St. Patrick’s Day in particular. There are a number of US cities that embrace the big day on March 17th, including the likes of Chicago and Savannah, Ga. to name just a few. As big as the events in those cities may be, it can be argued that they pale in comparison to what takes place in New York.

New York City is home to the world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, with as many as 2 million people lining the streets every year to get a glimpse of pipe bands, floats, leprechaun’s, and shamrocks. If you want to get a piece of the parade action, you will likely need to be in Manhattan and in the vicinity of 5th Avenue and 44th Street long before the parade gets rolling at 11 am. It’s also important to note that the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC will take place on Saturday, March 16, which of course is a day earlier than the actual date.

That will give you two whole days to take in all the festivities that the city, and all of its boroughs, has to offer visitors. The celebration will be carrying on all over the city, giving you plenty of time to grab a hearty plate of corned beef and cabbage, as well as a pint of Guinness or two. There is no reason to sit home and miss out on all the St. Patrick’s Day fun when you can get more than your fill in New York. Just make sure you keep your hands off the leprechaun’s pot of gold.

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