Frequently Asked Questions
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.
At what time does the Parade start and end?
Where does the Parade begin and end?
Where is the best location to stand when attending the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade? What time should I get there?
As a spectator, what time should I arrive to attend the Parade?
Will the Parade be canceled due to bad weather?
Are there portable restrooms set up along the Parade route?
Where can I get tickets to the grandstands? What is the cost of the tickets?
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.
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 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.
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.
Is there a special section in the grandstand for disabled persons?
Are Parade marchers permitted to march with their children in strollers?
Are service dogs allowed to march with their owners?
Are there floats in the NYC St. Patrick’s Parade?
May I bring my pet along with me to march in the Parade?
I have a business meeting in midtown NYC on March 17. Will the Parade interfere with my getting around the city?
What 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
Where can I get food during the Parade?
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 lineup of the Irish County groups.
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 are DVDs of past years available, too. Please note, DVDs are in NTSC format.
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