The Feast Day of St. Patrick
Can you guess where the world’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place? If you said New York City, you’re absolutely correct. The year was 1762, and a group of Irishmen serving in the army of Great Britain marched to commemorate the Feast Day of Ireland’s patron saint. Today, New York continues the tradition each year as revelers pour out into the streets to celebrate with music, beer, and the best pub fare this side of the Atlantic. On Saturday, March 17, at 11 A.M., the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade will commence at 44th St and 5th Ave. From there, participants will head up 5th Ave for more than 30 blocks, all the way to 79th St and the steps of the American Irish Historical Society. If you happen to be looking for a pint of Guinness while you’re out, we recommend dropping by Finnegan’s Wake, named in honor of James Joyce’s most perplexing novel, and honored as one of the city’s most venerable authentic Irish pubs, located at 1st Ave and 73rd St.