3 Insider Tips to Surviving the New York St. Patty’s Day Parade

March 12, 2014 - by

Working right on the edge of Central Park, we know a thing or two about how to get around New York. With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, thousands of people will flock to 5th Avenue to take part in the festivities. There is no doubt about it, New York hosts some pretty amazing parades and the St. Patty’s Day Parade doesn’t disappoint. Here is our advice as longtime New Yorkers:

The Early Bird Gets to See the Show
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 11:00 am, so get to 5th Avenue no later than 10:00 am at the latest. There is nothing worse than arriving on time to these events because there will be no place to stand and no one is going to let you move up.

Keep On the Sunny Side
If you haven’t visited New York in the later winter months, understand this: it’s cold. If you do manage to get to 5th Ave at a decent time, you can keep warm and catch some sun by standing on the west side (if it’s sunny of course).

Coveted Standing Room
The best place to see the St. Patrick’s Day parade is by standing anywhere along 5th Avenue north of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Also on this side of town is a great little sandwich shop, tucked right behind the cathedral, called Toasties. You can order in advance and have provisions for the parade.

We’ll see you there!

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