St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and there are many ways to celebrate! The five parades below are some of the best celebrations in the Northeast that you can attend. Luckily, they are spread out across the week, so you can go to more than one! Even luckier, they are all surrounded by great bars that carry ‘Gansett, so you can celebrate the right way.
Newport, RI (Saturday, March 11 @ 11:00am)
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Newport is named one of the best St. Patrick’s Day parades in New England. It first took place in 1956, and today, thousands of people line the streets for the two-hour parade followed by parties throughout the town. The parade starts at Newport City Hall, and proceeds down Thames Street to Carroll Ave. Check out some of the bars downtown that can serve you a ‘Gansett’ such as Tavern on Broadway, Busker’s, Fastnet Pub, Brick Alley Pub, and One Pelham East.
South Boston (Sunday, March 19 @ 1:00 pm)
Boston was the first place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in North America, in 1737, and the parade in South Boston first took place in 1901, because of the robust Irish community they had. The parade starts at Broadway Station and loops back around to end at Andrews Square. Celebrate after the parade at some local bars that will serve you up some ‘Gansett including Moonshine 152, Worden Hall, and Lucky’s.
New York City (Friday, March 17 @ 11:00 am)
New York City has been holding their St. Patrick’s Day parade since 1762, and is one of the city’s greatest traditions. It starts at 44th street and 5th Avenue and proceeds up the Avenue to 79th street. The parade has always had the tradition of marching by St. Patrick’s Cathedral, although the cathedral has moved locations since the first parade. The parade is always held on March 17th, and has millions of spectators come to join in the celebration. Some bars you can find nearby that carry ‘Gansett are Foxy Johns, The Sling Bar, Jameson’s Pub, and the Perfect Pint.
Philadelphia (Sunday, March 12 @ 11:00 am)
Philadelphia first celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in 1771, and first held their parade in 1952. The parade is always held the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day and more than 200 groups are represented. The parade starts at 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, and continues east on Market Street to come to an end at Penn’s Landing. Grab a ‘Gansett after the parade at Brownie’s Pub, Fergie’s Pub, Oscar’s Tavern, or BAR on Sampson St.
New Haven, CT (Sunday, March 12 @ 1:30 pm)
The New Haven parade was born in 1842, making it the 6th oldest parade in the nation. The Library of Congress selected the parade as a national keepsake, saying it was an outstanding example of American folklife. The parade begins on Chapel St at Sherman Avenue and ends where Elm Street intersects with Orange Street. Cheers a ‘Gansett afterwards at Gryphons Pub, Rudy’s, and Bar & Bru Room.