How do you celebrate Saint Patrick's Day? Whether you hail from Irish ancestry or just want to get decked out in green, here are some St. Patrick's Day parades and festivals in New York State to make this holiday the best one yet. Céad míle fáilte to New York!

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Albany St. Patrick's Day Parade (Capital-Saratoga)

Go all out in all green for the Capital's 73rd parade on March 11, 2023, when it kicks off at 2 pm from the corner of Quail and Central Avenues and ends at State and Green Streets. But if you want to start celebrations earlier, you're in luck. Events begin with the traditional Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church at 9 am to celebrate the day. Albany; March 11, 2023

Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Buffalo (Greater Niagara)

Credit: Nancy K Parisi
Credit: Nancy K Parisi

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 at 2 pm near the McKinley Monument and make its way north on Delaware Avenue to North Street. Enjoy the spectacle with family and friends as you celebrate Irish culture and the coming of spring. Buffalo; March 19, 2023

TOPS Rochester St. Patrick's Day Parade (Finger Lakes)

Show your Celtic pride as thousands of spectators head downtown for Rochester's 46th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade where you'll enjoy music, dance, and plenty of tasty eats. The parade starts at 12:30pm at East and Alexander and ends at the corner of Fitzhugh Street. Rochester; March 11, 2023

Saint Patrick's Day Parade (NYC)

NYC St Patrick's Day Parade PHoto by Dominick Totino Photography Courtesy of NYC St. Patrick’s Day
Photograph: Dominick Totino

The NYC St. Patrick's Day parade began in 1762 and is the oldest recorded Saint Patrick's parade in the world! The festival draws an eclectic crowd from around the world to celebrate the Irish for more than 30 blocks along Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, starting at East 44th Street. The 262nd celebration of the NYC parade will be held on March 17th, beginning at 11:00am. New York; March 17, 2023

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Syracuse (Finger Lakes)

Syracuse St Patricks Day Parade - Photo by Jame Cahill

Start your St. Patrick's Day celebration early this year with the Syracuse 41st annual 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 "Running Through Tipperary," to celebrate the Irish tradition of rambling and roving and the spirited communities the Irish and other immigrants, past and present, have established in Syracuse. Dress in theme by wearing traditional tartans, woolens, and lace! Syracuse; 12:00pm, March 11, 2023

St. Pat’s Ramble (Hudson Valley)

For the 10th year, the town of Montgomery will be hosting its Annual Run for the Gold 5K prior to the St. Pat’s Ramble Parade at 12:00pm. The race begins at 10:00am and all ticket proceeds support causes throughout the Montgomery community. At St. Pat’s Ramble, there is plenty of fun for all ages!  Montgomery; March 18, 2023

Irish Festival (Thousand Islands-Seaway)

Go green this St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Watertown! Partake in festive, family-friendly fun, good food, entertainment, and celebration of all things Irish. Festival highlights include cornhole tournaments, comedy night, Miss Ireland pageant, shamrock run, all culminating with a parade on March 19th at 1:00pm. Proceeds from the festival will be donated to a Scholarship Program. Watertown; March 17 – March 19, 2023

Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Hudson Valley)

Join the town of Mamaroneck in celebrating their 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The route will run down Mamaroneck Avenue and kicks off at 1:30 pm. Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets or donate to the parade—all proceeds go toward college scholarships that the parade offers to local students. Mamaroneck; March 19, 2023

Originally published: 02/22/2019; Updated: 02/13/2023

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