Accommodations for NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade
Come join us at the Edge Hotel for Saint Patrick’s Day, and you’ll enjoy convenient accommodations to one of the globe’s grandest celebrations of this lovefest for all things Irish.
New York City lays claim to not only the largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade, but also the oldest: a tradition kicked off way back in 1762—in other words, before the Revolutionary War. These days, the free-to-attend procession includes some 150,000 to 200,000 marchers and draws a cheering crowd of spectators to 5th Avenue, many of whom decamp for Manhattan’s many Irish pubs following the event to continue the revelry in appropriate style.
Lock down your boutique Washington Heights accommodations at the Edge Hotel for St. Paddy’s Day weekend today, and you’ll be all set for absolutely unmatched festivities!
The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
The inaugural edition of the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th, 1762 gave Irish immigrants and soldiers in the British Army the chance to celebrate their heritage in a freer manner than back home. “This was a time when the wearing of green was a sign of Irish pride but was banned in Ireland,” the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade website explains. “In that 1762 parade, participants reveled in the freedom to speak Irish, wear green, sing Irish songs, and play the pipes to Irish tunes that were meaningful to the Irish immigrants of that time.”
It’s a tradition that’s still going strong, to the say the least. This year’s 257th parade takes place on Saturday, March 16th, as the event always does when March 17th—Saint Patrick’s Day proper—falls on a Sunday. It steps off at 11 AM at 44th Street and 5th Avenue, proceeding north to an uptown finish at 79th Street. Along the way it passes before St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where the Archbishop of New York takes in the action from the steps. The Grand Marshal for the 2019 parade is Brian John O’Dwyer, whose Irish roots extend back to County Mayo and whose father and uncle—Paul O’Dwyer, onetime president of the New York City Council, and the Honorable William O’Dwyer, former NYC mayor, respectively—were both themselves Grand Marshals.
Prime viewing can be had all along the 5th Avenue parade route; it goes without saying that an early arrival gives you a better chance of a prime, front-row perch.
Attend the 2019 NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade With Fantastic Manhattan Accommodations at the Edge Hotel
Make 2019 the year you take in the world’s biggest and most venerable Saint Patrick’s Day parade with a March getaway to the Edge Hotel, where you’ll be within easy reach of the 5th Avenue proceedings and plenty of other opportunities to honor the Emerald Isle and the Irish-American community. As they say, regardless of bloodline, everybody’s a little Irish on Saint Paddy’s Day!