If you're planning a trip to New York City to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year, you 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.
In 2019, St. Patrick's Day falls on March 17, and while the Manhattan parade normally occurs on this date, it does not in years when the 17th falls on a Sunday and will instead take 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 2019, the Brooklyn event will be held on March 17 while the Bay Ridge event takes place the following Sunday, March 24.
Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade: Park Slope
On Sunday, March 17, 2019, the 44th Annual Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade returns to Park Slope for a day of celebration and revelry. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. and runs from Prospect Park West and 15th Street down to 7th Avenue and Garfield Place then back over to Prospect Park West and the starting line.
The Parade Grand Marshal for 2019 is Bernadette Buckley Kash, who runs the Buckley School of Irish Dance. Aides to the Grand Marshal this year include Christopher Coughlin, a drummer from the Clann Eireann Pipe Band; Mary Nolan, a Gaelic Sports commentator; Scott Richard Lloyd, a member of the United Emerald Societies of NYC; and Rita Donion, a teacher at P.S. 230 in Brooklyn.
If you're looking to start your celebration early, you can stop by the pre-Parade Mass at Holy Name Church (245 Prospect Park West, between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue), which starts at 9 a.m. and features not only a sermon about the holiday's traditions but keynote speakers who represent the parade itself.
At noon, the parade assembles at Prospect Park West between 9th and 15th streets; you can head to Park Slope early to see the processions line up or even join the fun (if you're part of a group who's been accepted into the parade lineup). At 12:45 p.m., a "Re-Dedication Ceremony" to the heroes and victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan will take place at the reviewing stand at the intersection of Bartel Pritchard Circle, Prospect Park West, and 14th Streets.
Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade
On Sunday, March 24, 2019, the 26th 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 will form at the Saint Patrick's Church on the corner of 95th Street and Fifth Avenue before heading to Marine Avenue at 11 a.m. However, the parade officially begins at 1 p.m. when marchers will travel northbound on 3rd Avenue to 94th Street then proceed onto 5th Avenue, traveling northbound to 67th Street.
If you'd like to get an early start on your St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Park Slope, you can also attend a 9 a.m. Mass at the St. Patrick's RC Church on 4th Avenue and 96th Street, and if you want to keep the party going afterward, you can stop by Leskes Bakery for some of the best Irish Soda bread in New York City after the parade.
Fundraisers for the Bay Ridge Parade
For those who want to help support the efforts of the Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade, which has also established an education fund for scholarships, there will also be two events leading up to the parade this year that act as fundraisers.
On January 25 from 7 to 10 p.m., The GreenHouse Cafe on 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge will host the official pre-event fundraiser where guests are invited to make their own custom wooden signs for just $45. Additionally, the committee will be hosting a dinner dance at El Caribe in Bay Ridge on Saturday, March 2, 2019, starting at 7 p.m.
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 in Park Slope, located near Barclays Center.
- Get tickets for Wasabassco's St. Patrick's Day for Sinners, a burlesque show performed by one of the biggest names in the business and starring all redheads in honor of the Irish holiday. The evening of music and magic takes place at Littlefield (635 Sackett Street) on Saturday, March 16th starting at 8 p.m.
- You can also head to Hartley's, an Irish bar in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, where you can have a Guinness and Irish comfort food. If you haven't had your fill of traditional celebrations by the time the holiday weekend comes to a close, you can 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 NYC this March, you're sure to find some great ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 2019.