As always, the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade marches up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street, past the reviewing stand at St Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street, and all the way up past the American Irish Historical Society at 83rd and the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 83rd Street to 86th Street.
Starting time is 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 17th, and it will take until 4:30 or 5 p.m. for the last marcher to reach 86th St.
The best viewing spots are north of 59th Street, especially the steps of the Met Museum. Of course, get there early for the best viewing spot.
Held on the streets of New York since 1762, the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is the oldest and largest parade in the Western Hemisphere. It is also unique because all participants are on foot. There are no floats, no motorized vehicles, no balloons. The marching bands are the most important part of the parade and include the bagpipe and drum brigades of the NYPD and NYFD, along with high school and college marching bands from around New York and the USA.
And remember — public drinking of alcohol is strictly forbidden during the parade. Anyone found drinking in public can be ticketed and arrested, and police will confiscate all alcoholic beverages.