Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Nope, a cat didn’t walk across my keypad. That is, “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” in Gaelic! I’ve rounded up some fun stuff to do this weekend to celebrate my people. (Yup, I’m an Irish gal.)  Here you go:

The official St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday, the 16th beginning at 11 am at Fifth Ave. and 44th St. It proceeds up Fifth to 86th street and the last bagpiper winds down around 5 pm. Honestly, it’s probably smart to head north for less crowded viewing (above 59th St.) Bring an umbrella–it’s supposed to be relatively warm (50 degrees) but rainy on Saturday. (Murphy’s law: It always rains on Parade Day!)

Quick tidbit on the St. Patty’s parade: Can you believe that the first NYC one was organized in 1762 by Irish soldiers? ‘Tis true. (Now you’re smarter than you were yesterday.)

But if large crowds freak you out, there’s always the Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade which takes place on Sunday. Anyone can march–just assemble at noon at Prospect Park West and 14th St. If you just want to watch, the actual parade begins at 15th St. and Prospect Park West. Get the whole route and schedule here.

Midtown’s Irish Arts Center holds an open house on March 17th. From 12 to 5 pm you can get your Irish on with tons of activities scheduled featuring Irish dancing, arts and crafts, musical performances and films. Bring the kids, because face painting is on the agenda!

Big Onion Tours has an Irish New York walking tour scheduled for Saturday at 11 am. The tour will examine the role of Irish immigrants in the history of New York City. Big Onion tours are definitely educational, but more importantly, they’re notoriously fun. More details here.

If you’re craving music, Black 47 is a popular, NY-based Celtic rock band that flavors beautiful traditional Irish folk tunes with small dollops of jazz, hip-hop and reggae. On Saturday, they’ll be playing at BB King’s Blues Club starting at 7 pm.

Whatever you choose to do, enjoy being Irish for a day!

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