Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which date in March is the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade held?

The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade is usually held on March 17th. However, if the 17th falls on a Sunday, then the Parade is held on Saturday March 16th in order to observe the Sunday Sabbath.

3. At what time does the Parade start and end?

The Parade starts exactly at 11:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time. It ends at approximately 4:30 P.M.

2. Where does the Parade begin and end?

The Parade begins on 5th Avenue at 44th Street. It ends on 5th Avenue uptown at 79th Street.

4. Where is the best location to stand when attending the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade? What time should I get there?

Anywhere along 5th Avenue will give visitors of the Parade a fine location to experience the Parade. If you prefer to stand as close to 5th Avenue as possible, then the earlier you get there, the better.

5. As a spectator, what time should I arrive to attend the Parade?

Spectators can begin lining up along 5th Avenue as early as they would like. “Best views to those who show up early.”

6. Will the Parade be canceled due to bad weather?

The Parade has not been cancelled due to bad weather. That said, the Parade has marched in a variety of meteorologic conditions that have included various examples of inclemency.

7. Are there portable restrooms set up along the Parade route?

No.  By order of the NYPD there are no portable restrooms set up along the Parade route.

8. Where can I get tickets to the grandstands? What is the cost of the tickets?

Tickets to the Parade grandstands are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets can be obtained by sending a letter requesting the tickets along with a self addressed, stamped #10 envelope to:

NYC St Patrick’s Parade
P.O. Box 295 Woodlawn Station
Bronx, NY  10470

Please note – In order to receive tickets your request must be received in the Parade office by March 1.

10. The tickets which I received for the grandstand say “Business Casual”. What does that mean?

While the term “Business Casual” can mean different things in different countries, we ask that spectators seated in the grandstand be dressed professionally. Dress as if they were were going meet a dignitary, member of the clergy or a government official, because, you very well could.

Formal wear is not required, but please feel free to dress up if you would like. After all, it’s the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

If you prefer to dress less formally, consider: slacks, skirts, shirts with collars, closed-toe shoes, tie with no jacket.

Also consider what not to wear: large hats, beads, etc.

 

11. I have tickets to the grandstand this year. Once the Parade begins, can I leave my seat?

You may leave your grandstand seat but will need to be in possession of your ticket in order to get back to that seat.

15. Is there a special section in the grandstand for disabled persons?

There is no special section in the grandstand; however, people in wheelchairs can be accommodated by the ushers at/around the grandstand.

12. Are Parade marchers permitted to march with their children in strollers?

Yes, parents may march with their children in strollers.

14. Are service dogs allowed to march with their owners?

Yes.

9. Are there floats in the NYC St. Patrick’s Parade?

No.

13. May I bring my pet along with me to march in the Parade?

Sorry, but pets are not allowed to march in the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

16. I have a business meeting in midtown NYC on March 17. Will the Parade interfere with my getting around the city?

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.

17. What streets will be closed during the Parade?

The following Streets will be closed during the parade.

  • 5th Avenue between 42nd Street and 86th Street
  • Madison Avenue between 63rd Street and 64th Street
  • Madison Ave between 78th Street and 86th Street
  • Vanderbilt Avenue between 43rd Street and 46th Street
  • 43rd Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 44th Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 45th Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 46th Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 47th Street between Park Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 48th Street between Park Avenue and 6th Avenue
  • 62nd Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
  • 63rd Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
  • 64th Street between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue
  • 72nd Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue
  • 78th Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue
  • 79th Street between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue
  • 80th Street between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue
  • 81st Street between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue
  • 82nd Street between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue
  • 83rd Street between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue
  • 84th Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue
  • 85th Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue

18. Where can I get food during the Parade?

There are restaurants and sometimes pushcart food vendors on 6th Ave. and some of the side streets adjacent to the Parade route.

19. In the Parade line of march, are the Irish County groups that march in the Parade arranged in the same order each year?

No. The lineup order changes each year. There is a system set up that rotates the line up of the Irish County groups.

20. Will there be a video of this year’s Parade made available later after Parade?

Yes, DVDs of this year’s Parade will be available for purchase from the Parade office. Please note that the DVD covers only the portion of the Parade which was broadcast on TV. There DVD’s of past years available, too. Please note, DVD’s are in NTSC format.

 

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