Those planning a trip to New York City to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 2020 don't have to fight all the crowds of Manhattan to witness a great parade or festive events. Fortunately, Brooklyn is home to two huge processions as well as a number of Irish bars and pubs that will be hosting special events celebrating this Irish and Catholic holiday.
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, and while the Manhattan parade normally occurs on this date, in years when the 17th falls on a Sunday the event instead takes place on Saturday, March 16. On the other hand, the Brooklyn and Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parades take place on different dates each year; in 2020, the Brooklyn event will be held on March 15 while the Bay Ridge event takes place the following Sunday, March 22.
Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade: Park Slope
The 45th Annual Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade returns to the Park Slope neighborhood on Sunday, March 15, 2020, for a day of celebration and revelry.
- If you're looking to start honoring the holiday early, you can stop by the Parade Day Mass at 9 a.m. at the Holy Name of Jesus Church (245 Prospect Park West).
- At noon, the parade assembles at Prospect Park West between 9th and 15th streets.
- A Rededication Ceremony to the heroes and victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the reviewing stand at the intersection of Bartel-Pritchard Square, Prospect Park West, and 14th Street.
- The parade begins at 1 p.m. at 15th Street and Prospect Park West, heading down 15th Street and along 7th Avenue to Garfield Place, then up to Prospect Park West and 15th Street. Martin Maher (Brooklyn Parks Commissioner, NYC Parks) is the Parade Grand Marshal for 2020, with nine aides helping.
- An after-parade party will occur from 3–6 p.m. Those interested in attending must RSVP by March 6; no payments will be accepted at the door.
Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade
On Sunday, March 22, 2020, the 27th Annual Bay Ridge Saint Patrick's Day Parade returns to south Brooklyn for a day of festivities that rivals both the Park Slope and Manhattan events.
The parade officially begins at 1 p.m., running along Third Avenue. It starts at Marine Avenue and then continues on 67th Street. Linda Gallagher-Lomanto will be the 2020 Grand Marshal, along with 10 deputy marshals. The grandstand will be located in front of the Greenhouse Cafe restaurant on Third Avenue.
Other St. Patrick's Day Activities in Brooklyn
If watching a St. Patrick's Parade puts you in the mood for more holiday celebrations, consider going to one of these events or beloved bars in Park Slope and Bay Ridge to continue the fun:
- The best way to start your St. Patrick's Day weekend is with a full Irish breakfast at McMahon's Public House, a sports bar in Park Slope, located near the Barclays Center arena.
- Those 21 and up can get tickets for Freak Party Paddy's Day, with Loop Troupe Family Band and various others performing starting at 9 p.m. on March 13, 2020, in honor of the Irish holiday. The evening of music and fun—including dance performances by The Freaky Demon Dance Brigade, drinking contests, and host Tom Mackin as "The Drunken Sailor"—takes place at Littlefield (635 Sackett Street) in Brooklyn.
- Visitors can also head to Hartley's, an Irish bar in the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill area, where you can have a Guinness beer and some comfort food from Ireland. If you haven't had your fill of traditional celebrations by the time the holiday weekend comes to a close, stop by on Mondays when Hartley's hosts traditional live Irish music starting at 8:30 p.m. weekly.
No matter what you decide to do in Brooklyn and New York City in March of 2020, there are many great ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.