What better way is there to start off the work week than by taking the day off and celebrating one of the most boisterous holidays on the American calendar in one of the rowdiest cities in the U.S.? The NYC St. Patrick’s Day 2014 Parade will be taking place on Monday the 17th and it is an event that you will want to be a part of if you are spending mid-March in the City that Never Sleeps.
In addition to all the sights that are available to visit with the New York Attractions Pass, the No. 1 thing that you will want to see on St. Patrick’s Day is the parade itself.
An annual tradition that ranks right up there will all of the various parades (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Puerto Rican Day) that make the city so great and so diverse, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is truly a sight to behold. The family-friendly parade will begin at 44th Street and make its way north on 5th Avenue all the way up to 79th Street. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m., but if you want to get a good spot in the viewing area, it’s probably a good idea to get there at least an hour beforehand.
If you do plan on attending, leave your green hats and beads, animals and alcohol at home. Also be prepared to have any backpacks and large bags searched by the NYPD.
Want to have some libations on the special day? There are certainly plenty of bars in the general area of all the places you can visit with New York Attractions Pass and numerous bar crawls that will be going on throughout the day. However, you may want to do something a little bit different.
If so, head to Peter McManus Café at 152 Seventh Avenue near 19th Street.
Recognized as one of the best bars in New York City, McManus’s is one of the few remaining gin-joints in NYC that can still be described as “neighborhood.” A friendly crowd and simple drink menu just add to the allure that this Irish bar puts on display each and every St. Patrick’s Day. A common gathering places for police officers and firemen before they head over to march or supervise the parade, McManus’s is short on pretentiousness and long on charm.
Another great place to grab a drink and, more importantly, some traditional Irish fare, is Molly’s at 287 Third Avenue. Called “New York’s finest Irish pub” by the New York Post, Molly’s has been around for more than 50 years and it comes complete with sawdust on the floor and a working fireplace. People come from far and wide to gobble up the tasty Shepherd’s Pie, but there are plenty of other traditional favorites like Fish and Chips, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Pub Sausage and Mashed Potatoes and Irish Lamb Stew that will keep your palette tasting great and feeling green (in a good way).
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