Wherever you are in the world, we’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and the mid-March holiday is more than an excuse to pub crawl. This is especially true in NYC, where it’s a chance to participate in a tradition as old as the US itself. This year marks the 258th anniversary of the New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The first was 1762, 14 years before the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence.
After more than two and a half centuries, organizers have this operation down to a science. And beyond the green theme and good cheer revelers have come to expect, there is one little novelty in 2019: the parade is on March 16th. It’s typically held on St. Patrick’s Day’s actual date (March 17th), except when it falls on a Sunday and gets moved to Saturday, like this year. Here’s everything you need to know to find the luck of the Irish.