For St. Patrick’s Day that is!!!! In New York City Ireland makes a visit tomorrow. Start off with a lesson in history at the Irish Mob of Hell’s Kitchen: From the Gophers to the Westies, whereby you can explore the organized crime history of the city and see where infamous Irish gang members held “office” back in the day.
Later on, you might want to join for the NYC Irish Pub Crawl and enjoy some Celtic dance performances. On this crawl you’ll be able to enjoy the classic Irish An Béal Bocht (which – translated from Gaelic means ‘pour mouth’). As well as your Beer, to satisfy your hunger order the classic Irish breakfast. Because then you can justify beer drinking any time of the day!
For a traditional, classic and historical twist, part of the crawl you’ll enjoy is the McSorley’s Old Ale House. Established in 1854, it is New York City’s oldest tavern and is still today incredibly authentic featuring sawdust-wooden floors, eight-ounce mugs and sharp cheddar and zippy raw onion grub.
And if you want to keep it sober there is always the Sober St. Patrick’s Day event at which you’ll be able to enjoy Irish step dancers, classic food and non-alcoholic beverages. Featuring John Whelan Band, fiddler Dylan Foley and Irish dancing acts, this is about as traditional as you can get for your green-filled-fun day!
Midtown Manhattan just encountered its 256th annual parade in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day a couple of weeks ago. The Upper East Side was transformed into bagpipe-playing, crazy-hat-wearing, drinking, flag-wearing, celebration of everything green…aka Irish.
The Parade was packed with excited spectators, alongside the more famous revelers, James O’Neill (NYPD Commissioner) and Mayor Bill de Blasio. And of course, East Village’s McSorley’s Old Ale House (NYC’s most famous and oldest Irish tavern) conducted a roaring trade.
So how come so many New Yorkers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? In 1845, New York witnessed a slew of immigrants from Ireland. They came to escape their country’s potato famine. They didn’t have much when they came and thus many settled in poverty-stricken Five Points, neighboring Little Italy and Chinatown.
There have been quite a few festivities taking place in the Midtown Manhattan area recently. First, the Manhattan Irish Fest provided a ton of entertainment – so much so that Chairman of the Fest, Peter Hegarty said it was the biggest he could recall since this event started! It even has a new location to boot, which is great since in years’ past, people have gotten their shoes quite muddy! Now, located right by the Firehouse, at 195 S. State Street, the South Wabash Street parking lot makes things much easier.
Now in its 22nd year, tons of people enjoyed the festivities – a great deal of them clad in green clothing. There was a 5K race and parade, at which the Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society Chicago Police Department, performed.
With regards to New York City and St. Patrick’s Day, there’s more good news since Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his two-year boycott on America’s largest celebratory parade of this since it finally ditched its ban on permitting the LGBT community to march under their own banners. He happily said: “Finally, they can celebrate their heritage by marching in a parade that now represents progress and equality.”