Getting ready for Saint Patrick’s Day? You’ve come to the right place. Céad míle fáilte to New York State! Here’s a little local inspiration that will make this Saint Paddy’s Day the best one yet.

The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC 
The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan draws an eclectic crowd from around the world to celebrate the Irish for 30 blocks along Fifth Avenue. Dress in your best green garb and join in the festivities, which includes bands, cultural pride organizations, dancers and much more. This parade began in 1762 and is the oldest Saint Patrick's procession in the country--and one of the oldest parades in the world! While you're in town, be sure to check out Saint Patrick's Cathedral, one of New York's most stunning landmarks, which hosts public tours most days.

Sham "Rock" the Block
The weekend after Saint Patrick’s Day marks the Annual Sham "Rock" the Block in Lake George, where you can celebrate Celtic culture the Adirondacks way. Sample Irish food and drink, take in a variety of music and dance performances, and enjoy a parade on Sunday afternoon. Be sure to try the special Shamrock Sangria courtesy of Adirondack Winery, which will host tastings all weekend.

Hilltop Inn Corned Beef & Cabbage
The Hilltop Inn in Elmira is serving up corned beef and cabbage this Saint Patrick’s Day - and it’s absolutely delicious. The crowd lines up early so make sure to grab a reservation! Your meal will come with a heaping side of live entertainment--Irish dancing and musical performances.

Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Buffalo
Break out the kilt and head up to the Greater Niagara region to take part in Buffalo's largest celebration of Irish heritage. The Saint Patrick's Day Parade of Irish dancers, bands, civic organizations and more will begin near City Hall and make its way down Delaware Avenue to North Street. Enjoy the spectacle with family and friends as you celebrate Irish culture and the coming of spring.

Syracuse St Patrick Day Parade - Photo by James Cahill
St. Patrick's Day Parade in Syracuse, Photo: by James Cahill

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Syracuse
Start your St. Patrick's Day celebration early this year with the Syracuse St. Paddy's Day Parade - the largest per-capita parade in the nation! Partake in celebration of the Irish of Central New York. The theme of this year's parade will be "the fabric of our culture: the fabric of our society." Dress in theme by wearing traditional tartans, woolens and lace! 

Irish American Heritage Museum
The Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany is the perfect place to celebrate the holiday. Explore the contributions of the Irish people to the Americas and learn about the history of the Emerald Isle. Peruse rare artifacts and records, as well as the current exhibit, "Dublin Town: The Photography of Dominique Beyens."

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