Sea of green in NYC as St. Patrick’s Day Parade return

Written by sidhanta

A sea of green descended on New York City on Thursday as the nation’s largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade returned in full for the first time since COVID-19 shut it down two years ago. 

Thousands of people braved the rain and lined 5th Avenue as the parade kicked off at 11 a.m., while Irish bars across the city quickly filled up.  

“This is the best thing that happened to us in two years,” said Mike Carty, the owner of Rosie O’Grady’s pub in the Theater District. 

The full-fledged return of the Irish celebrations is the first major parade to be held in the Big Apple since the city reopened and dropped its major mask and vaccination rules.

When the pandemic unleashed in March 2020, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was among the first major NYC events to be canceled — marking the first time in the parade’s history that it was shut down.

Starting at 44th Street, the parade route marched the 35 blocks up 5th Avenue to 79th Street — past St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Central Park. 

The parade was being broadcast by NBC4 and livestreamed on the NYC St. Patrick’s Parade website for those who couldn’t make it in person.

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