St. Patrick’s Day events: NYC parade, bar deals and more celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day is approaching, and there are plenty of ways to channel the luck of the Irish in New York City leading up to March 17.

This year, the holiday falls on a Friday, which means more of a reason to get out and celebrate with a drink, authentic eats and more.

Here are some ways to channel the luck of the Irish in the city:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Don your green and four-leaf clover accessories for

Don your green and four-leaf clover accessories for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The famed attraction is also considered the largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world, so grab your spot early. Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th streets, Manhattan, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free, nycstpatricksparade.org

Whiskey Wars Factory Tour

The 19th-century
The 19th-century “whiskey wars” began when Marines from the Brooklyn Navy Yard cracked down on illegal whiskey distilling in the city. Explore the city’s moonshine past, as well as the industry’s resurgence today, on this tour and whiskey tasting with Kings County Distillery, located in the Navy Yard. BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn, 4:30-6 p.m., $15, bldg92.org

Live music at The Bitter End

Looking for less of a wild crowd on
Looking for less of a wild crowd on St. Patrick’s Day? Head inside for some music at Greenwich Village’s The Bitter End. The venue is hosting local garage-pop band Amoeba Earhart and alt-rock band Swear To Me. (147 Bleecker St., Manhattan, 7 p.m., $10, facebook.com/events)

Kegs & Eggs at SideBAR

This Union Square bar offers a ladies' night
This Union Square bar offers a ladies’ night special every Thursday, offering half-off drinks made with sponsored liquors. Come early and stay late — this deal starts at 4 p.m. and goes until closing time. (118 E. 15th St., Manhattan, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $60, nightout.com)

‘Laugh of the Irish’

Head to Queens for some St. Patrick's Day-themed
Head to Queens for some St. Patrick’s Day-themed comedy. Q.E.D.: A Place to Show & Tell is hosting an all-Irish stand-up lineup for the holiday. Katie Boyle will serve as host, and bring up comedians including Erin Lynn O’Connor, Kevin Michael Smith and more. (27-16 23rd Ave., $8, 9:30 p.m., qedastoria.com)

Sober St. Patrick’s Day NYC Party

Want to avoid the Guinness and Jameson on
Want to avoid the Guinness and Jameson on St. Patrick’s Day? Join The New York Irish Center for an evening of music, including tunes by singer Donie Carroll (pictured), snacks, baked goods and non-alcoholic drinks, of course. St. Patrick’s Youth Center, 268 Mulberry St., Manhattan, 4-7 p.m., $10 to $25, eventbrite.com

‘St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl’

If you're looking to get your drink on
If you’re looking to get your drink on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, this pub crawl will do the trick. Village Pourhouse is hosting a three-day pub crawl, with the festivities starting in the Third Avenue bar. Enjoy drink specials including $4 draft beers, $5 bottles and $6 well drinks and shots. Pick up your wristband and a map to venues that will get you deals for the extended take on the holiday. (March 16-18, 64 Third Ave., Manhattan, 7 p.m.-4 a.m., facebook.com/events)

St. Patrick’s Day cruise

Celebrate the holiday with a cruise on the
Celebrate the holiday with a cruise on the Hudson River. Circle Line is offering a three-hour evening cruise, featuring Irish appetizers and beer from Coney Island Brewing. The evening will feature free samples of the brewery’s New York Honey Stout, a DJ and some pretty great city views. Ticket prices vary, ranging to include standard entry to one including an open bar. (Pier 83, 42nd Street and West Side Highway, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $49-$89, showclix.com)

NYC traffic: Queens St. Patrick’s Day parades to close streets

 

But while Irish eyes may be smiling down on Queens this weekend, motorists will be cursing the traffic.

Scroll down for a full list of street closures impacting the borough on Saturday and Sunday.

Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, 1-5 p.m.:

Newport Avenue between Beach 130th and Beach 116th streets

Beach 129th Street between Newport Avenue and Rockaway Beach Boulevard

Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 130th and Beach 129th streets

Beach 116th Street between Newport Avenue and Rockaway Beach Boulevard

Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 116th and Beach 99th streets

Beach 102nd Street between Rockaway Freeway and Rockaway Beach Boulevard

St. Pat’s For All, Sunday, 1-3 p.m.:

Skillman Avenue between 43rd and 56th streets

43rd Street between Skillman and Barnett avenues

56th Street between Skillman and Woodside avenues

Woodside Avenue between 56th and 61st streets

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