No other city on the planet goes through the vibrant transformation that New York City goes through on Saint Patrick’s Day. The biggest celebration for the patron saint of Ireland is organized on Manhattan’s 5th avenue from 44th Street in Midtown running up to 79th St. in the Upper East Side. Over 150, 000 will march up the avenue and over two million people will be watching. This year, due to the pandemic, the event is going virtual.
Saint Patrick is the foremost patron saint of Ireland. The celebrations commemorate the arrival of Christianity to the Emerald Isle. The NY event reflects the many contributions made by Irish immigrants to American Culture. Among the marchers there will be music bands, firefighters, military and police groups, county associations, emigrant societies and social and cultural clubs.
The parade has been going on since 1762 (14 years before American Independence), making it one of the oldest civilian parades in the world. The Manhattan event is the saint’s largest celebration in the world. Saint Patrick’s creative presence can be experienced year-round at the iconic Cathedral of St. Patrick occupying a full city block in Midtown Manhattan.
People wear a lot of green today. St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a green, three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.
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