Parading Around New York

When in New York do as a New Yorker, and take to the streets. Parades are a giant forum for fascination. They are also just the place to wear your best bonnet, or Kelly green Kiss-Me-I’m-Irish tee, or glittery dance pants.

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Courtesy Flickr/ SSG Casey Paulozzi photo

March 16

Wearing green on March 17th has been a thing in New York since the St. Patrick’s Parade started in 1762. This enormous celebration of everything Irish rolls down 5th Avenue, between 44th and 79th. 

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Courtesy Flickr/ Michael Tapp photo

April 21

Strap on your bonnet for the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival that dates to the 1870s. It walks an abbreviated version of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade route, along 5th Avenue from 49th to 57th streets. Not so much a parade as a ramble with interesting costumes, and, of course, outrageous hats.

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Courtesy Dance Parade/ Huzhong Cai photo

May 18

Imagine a stretch of Broadway, between 21st and 8th streets, as a large dance floor. Essentially one day a year it become just that when 10,000 dancers, along with DJs and live bands, shake, gyrate and roll for Dance Parade. The end is at Tompkins Square Park where the parade switches to DanceFest, a place to learn to dance or just watch.