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The 5 Best Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2020 in NYC

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|by Amy Sapp |


honoring unique cultures at the Irish Arts Center to watching two witches explore the Emerald City

Tuesday, March 17 marks Saint Patrick’s Day across the globe. This holiday initially began as a day of feast and remembrance of St. Patrick, honoring the life of a man who famously evangelized Christianity throughout the majority of Ireland; the day was first officially observed by several Christian denominations in the 17th Century.

Today, the holiday is often associated with tasting Irish dishes, partaking in emerald parades, and – of course – wearing green to avoid a pinch.

Finding yourself in New York City this year on March 17? We’ve put together five local activities you can enjoy while honoring Saint Patrick's Day in the Big Apple.

Ginna Claire Mason and Hannah Corneau in ‘Wicked’ (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Ginna Claire Mason and Hannah Corneau in ‘Wicked’ (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Drink Your Way Through New York City’s “Luck of the Irish” Pub Crawl
Buckle up, friends. This drinking escapade is not for the faint of heart – or of liver. The “Luck of the Irish” Pub Crawl begins at the registered bar of your choosing; with over 50 locations participating in 2020, you can safely assume that your route will be legendary. The staff for this crawl provide you with helpful maps and lists of drink specials along your journey so that you can catch the best deals as you drink. The main event takes place Saturday, March 14, with a special pub crawl on Tuesday, March 17 – so you can indulge in double the imbibing.

Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral
If you cannot snag a ticket to the morning’s early High Holy Mass, we encourage you to drop by St. Patrick’s Cathedral during the day on March 17. The Cathedral’s rich history stretches back to 1853 when John Joseph Hughes sought to build a modern building for the Catholic Church in Manhattan. The first location for the Cathedral stood on Mulberry Street in Lower Manhattan, later moving to its current location on 5th Avenue. Remark at the architecture and looming spires as you reflect on the rich history standing tall in the middle of a bustling New York.

Attend the 10th Annual Irish Arts Center Book Day
During this special event, volunteers at the Irish Arts Center from all five New York boroughs pass out 10,000 free books to guests from Irish and Irish American authors, this year alongside work by French authors in the Center's “tradition of honoring kindred voices and bridging diverse cultures on this special day for the global Irish community.” The event launches at 8am and continues until the final book is claimed.

Dine at The Landmark Tavern
Sample the cuisine and beverages of Ireland at The Landmark Tavern, servicing Manhattan since 1868. Some of our favorite dishes include the corned beef and cabbage (served with delectable boiled potatoes topped with parsley sauce), lamb shanks, and Irish bangers and mash. For an extra special experience, top your meal off with a tasty tartufo or scrumptious white chocolate cheesecake and a glass of Busnel Calvados.

See Wicked on Broadway
For over 16 years, the musical Wicked has delighted audiences on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre. The play famously regales the origin story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch from L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The musical, currently starring Lindsay Pearce and Ginna Claire Mason in the leading roles, features a wonderfully green scene as the witches explore the Emerald City, crafting the perfect atmosphere and ambiance in which to bask on Saint Patrick's Day.

Looking for more things to do in New York City? Read Eating (and Drinking) Your Way Through NYC: 8 Mouthwatering Tours to Try.

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