FREE NYC St Patrick's Day activities for kids

Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade – Rockaway
Begins at Beach 130th Street and Newport Avenue and ends at Shore Front Parkway and the Irish Circle Tavern
Saturday, March 2 at 1pm
Following a mass for peace and justice in Ireland at the St. Francis De Salle's RC Church, this 38th annual parade struts down Rockaway Beach Boulevard, connecting the Irish enclaves of Belle Harbor and Rockaway Beach with plenty of pageantry. We expect this edition to be particularly emotional, since both communities survived the wrath of Hurricane Sandy.
St. Patrick's For All Parade – Sunnyside
Begins at Skillman Avenue and 47th Street and ends at Woodside Avenue and 58th Street
Sunday, March 3 at 2pm
As the name implies, this Queens parade is completely inclusive, allowing everyone in the diverse neighborhood to feel Irish in honor of the holiday. The result is a spirited multi-culti affair that features Bolivian dance troupes and Caribbean performers alongside Celtic drummers and other traditional Irish entertainment.
Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade – the Bronx
Begins at East Tremont Avenue at Lafayette Avenue and ends at Harding Avenue at East Tremont Avenue
Sunday, March 10 at noon
The 15 annual Throggs Neck Benevolent Association's celebration starts with mass at St. Benedict's Church followed by a complimentary breakfast in the church's hall and finally a parade around the Bronx neighborhood.
NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade – Manhattan
Begins at Fifth Avenue and 44th Street and ends at 86th Street
Saturday, March 16 at 11am
Manhattan's procession is the biggest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade anywhere, full of pomp, pageantry, blaring bagpipes and millions of spectators. A Mommy Poppins writer who frequents this parade reports that it isn't nearly as wild as its reputation, but there are still huge crowds, drunk adults and not that many kids. So you should use your best judgment before you head out. Watching at the northern end is usually a little less intense.
Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade – Park Slope
Begins and ends at Prospect Park West and 15th Street
Sunday, March 17 at 1pm
Smaller and more family-friendly than its Manhattan counterpart, this Brooklyn parade has bagpipes and lots of local Irish charm. The procession makes a loop: It kicks off at Prospect Park West and 15th Street, heads to Seventh Avenue where it goes to Garfield Place, then returns to Prospect Park West and marches up to 15th Street.
Staten Island's St. Patrick's Day Parade – Staten Island
Begins at Hart Boulevard and Forest Avenue and ends near Jewett Avenue
Sunday, March 17 at noon
Head to the isle for a procession that travels through the West Brighton neighborhood on Forest Avenue with viewing stands at the Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church.
Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade – Bay Ridge
Sunday, March 24 at 1pm
Begins in front of St. Patrick R.C. Church on Fourth Avenue and 96th Street and ends 68th Street
The Bay Ridge Parade is taking a new route this year. Instead of marching on Fifth Avenue toward Sunset Park, the intimate procession will go down Third Avenue. As in years past, the parade will still be preceded by a mass at St. Patrick's R.C. Church.
St. Patrick's Day Open House – Midtown West
Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51 Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues
Sunday, March 17 noon-5pm
A super-kid-friendly event where families can enjoy authentic Irish music and dance performances, storytelling, arts and crafts, face painting and a slew of Irish culture workshops. The full schedule has yet to be determined but in the past offerings have included tin whistle, Gaelic and Irish step-dancing sessions.
Leprechaun Hike – Staten Island
Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue near Brielle Avenue
Sunday, March 17 at 1pm
Naturalists lead families on a one-mile hike in search of elusive leprechauns in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Historic New York: The Irish in NYC

Sunday, March 17, 2013
1:00 p.m.
Ice-age glaciers, Native Americans, Dutch traders, British Redcoats, and the Underground Railroad have all left their mark on New York City.  Their stories can be found in the names of our streets, our architecture, and our parks.  Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city’s long history.


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