The New York City St. Patrick’s Parade is the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world. The first parade was held on March 17, 1762 — fourteen years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
The parade is held annually on March 17th at precisely 11:00 AM in honor of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland and of the Archdiocese of New York. The parade route goes up Fifth Avenue beginning at East 44th Street and ending at East 79th Street. Approximately 150,000 people march in the parade, which draws approximately 2 million spectators.
Annie Moore, from County Cork Ireland was the first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island on January 1, 1892. Following in her footsteps were two million Irish men, women, and children who fled the Irish potato blight. They worked relentlessly to build our skyscrapers, patrol our streets and eventually, run City Hall.
Explore Irish History in New York City, walk the former “Little Ireland” district of the Lower East Side between City Hall and Houston Street. Learn about the important role of Irish immigrants in the history of New York City and why St. Patrick’s Day is more popular here than in Ireland. Stops could include: the founding site of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, four-time Governor of New York Al Smith’s home, the Five Points, the first Catholic church in the city, sites associated with Tammany Hall, Irish and American lawyer and politician and New York State Attorney General Thomas Addis Emmet, and many others.
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