Are you looking for the best place to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC?
The best place to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC really depends on who you ask. Anywhere along 5th Avenue between 44th and 79th Streets would provide a great atmosphere to watch a most fun and festive parade. As a historical Catholic mainstay in NYC since 1889, we’ve seen quite a bit of St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NYC ourselves and we like to extend to our guests and friends information that can make their time in NYC as convenient and comfortable as possible. We’d also like to wish you a “Happy Saint Patrick’s Day” from all of your friends at The Leo House!
The Best Places to Watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC:
The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade can be viewed along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Parade can also be watched live on NBCNewYork.com beginning at 11:00 a.m. on March 17. (nycstpatricksparade.org)
View Parade Near St. Patrick’s Cathedral – 5th Ave between 50th & 51st Streets
There are a few places that have been recommended for different reasons. One recommendation is to view the parade near St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This will be the best place to spot parade VIP’s but be aware that it will also be very crowded in this vicinity. For those who have never been to NYC, it is also a great opportunity to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Did you know that every year over 5 million people of different nationalities and faiths enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral? Everyone who enters is invited to open their hearts to God.
View Parade Near 5th Ave in the 60’s Streets
There will be stands for seating here and the bands are sure to play as they can not play for the entire length of the parade. Although you must have a ticket to sit in the viewing stands it is still a great place to view the parade.
Directions to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC:
Thank you to patch.com for providing these helpful directions. The subway will be the best way to get to the parade route. The 4/5/6/F/N/R/W/Q all stop on Lexington Avenue at various points along the parade route. The E/M trains also stops at Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street.
Penn Station from the Long Island Railroad – you should catch the uptown E train at Penn Station to the Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street station.
Port Authority from New Jersey – you should also catch an uptown E train from Port Authority to the Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street station.
Grand Central Station from the Metro-North Railroad – you should catch an uptown 4/5/6 train and get off at any of these stations situation near the parade route: 51st Street, Lexington Avenue and 59th Street, 68th Street and 77th Street.
The Long Island Rail Road is adding 38 total trains into and out of Penn Station on Saturday. Of those 38 trains, 14 will service the Babylon and Montauk line, two will service the Long Beach line, six will service the Port Jefferson line, two will service the Port Washington line and 14 will service the Ronkonkoma line.
The Metro North Railroad is adding seven trains into Grand Central in the morning and will have trains staged in Grand Central during the afternoon and evening ready to depart as needed, the MTA announced. Two of the extra train lines will service the Harlem line, two will service the New Haven line and three will service the Hudson line.
Keep in mind: Alcohol is banned on MTA trains heading into and out of New York City this weekend.
What Else Should You Know Before You Go To The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade?
During the Parade, street traffic is detoured away from 5th Avenue between 44th to 79th Streets. This can cause an overflow on adjacent streets. Due to the fact that there are throngs of spectators in midtown, walking rather than driving is a better idea.
We hope that this information has helped you make plans for this fun and exciting day in NYC. If you need a place to stay for the night, we are offering a “March Madness” special where you can stay in a great location on 23rd St. in between 8th and 9th for only $116 per night. For more information, please visit the official website of the parade at https://www.nycstpatricksparade.org/.
And now, an Irish Blessing:
May God give you, for every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share.
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.