Date & TimeSTART: 11:00 AM March 17, 2012
END: 5:00 PM March 17, 2012
The annual NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade starts 11 a.m. at 44th Street and marches up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The parade continues up past the American Irish Historical Society at 83rd and the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 83rd Street to 86th Street, where the parade finishes at around 4:30 – 5:00 pm.
To avoid the crowds that pack the sidewalks below 59th Street, go anywhere North of 66th Street and Fifth Avenue. The upper steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art provide a great view, and you can get a close-up view of the marchers at 86th Street where the parade route ends and the marchers disband.
You can learn more about the parade and its history on the official parade website.