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Everything You Need to Know About the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Wherever you are in the world, we’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and the mid-March holiday is more than an excuse to pub crawl. This is especially true in NYC, where it’s a chance to participate in a tradition as old as the US itself. This year marks the 258th anniversary of the New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The first was 1762, 14 years before the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence.

After more than two and a half centuries, organizers have this operation down to a science. And beyond the green theme and good cheer revelers have come to expect, there is one little novelty in 2019: the parade is on March 16th. It’s typically held on St. Patrick’s Day’s actual date (March 17th), except when it falls on a Sunday and gets moved to Saturday, like this year. Here’s everything you need to know to find the luck of the Irish.

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Stuart Monk/Shutterstock
Stuart Monk/Shutterstock

When and where

NYC’s 2019 St Patrick’s Day Parade is on Saturday, March 16. The parade will kick off at 11am at 44th Street and 5th Ave, continuing nearly two miles north all the way up to 79th Street, ending around 5pm.

Along the route, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will preside the mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and then come out on the steps of the church to greet spectators.

How to get there

Hop on the subway to swerve the inevitable traffic caused by the parade and road closures. Take the D or F trains to 42nd Street Bryant Park, the 4, 6, or 7 to Grand Central, the E to Lexington Avenue/53rd Street, or the N to 5th Avenue and 59th Street.

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Stuart Monk/Shutterstock
Stuart Monk/Shutterstock

What to wear and how to prepare

The forecast for Saturday is partly sunny with a high of 51 and a low of 34 degrees. It sounds pleasant enough, but you should probably wear a little more than your sparkly shamrock antenna and sexy leprechaun costume. Visibility is good along the entire route, but the starting point draws large crowds compared to further up Fifth Avenue, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to hike a few blocks north if needed. You should always go before you go, but there are public bathrooms at Bryant Park near the start of the route.

Where to refuel on route and what to do after

Pick up some warm, buttered Irish soda bread at Amy’s Bread at the New York Public Library so you don’t hit the parade on an empty stomach.

After you get your fix of the festivities, fill up on some pub food, Guinness, and whiskey at a nearby tavern. Stop by Peter Dillon’s Pub east of the parade route for karaoke, $4 shots of Jameson, and $5 pints. Or venture toward the hustle and bustle of Times Square and hang by the crackling fireplace and nosh on a burger with bacon, a fried egg, and white cheddar at the Long Room, or pop into O’Lunney’s for traditional fare like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash.

You can also take some tips from our St. Patrick’s event and activity picks all weekend long: catch a Celtic-inspired concert at the Bell House, tour the King County Distillery whiskey, or crawl the catacombs of the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral (now Basilica) in Nolita by nightfall.

And all shade aside, if you’re ever going to endure a pub crawl, today’s the day.

Other ways to watch

If you can’t make it onto the street, you can watch the parade live on WNBC New York.Sign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.

Alex Erdekian is an editorial assistant at Thrillist.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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