by Megan Wuerz, staff reporter
St. Patrick’s Day Parade falls on Friday, March 17th. The parade starts at 11 am on 5th avenue between 44th and 79th street and ends around 5pm.
The St. Patty’s parade has been a tradition going on since 1762 in New York City. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th of March because that is the day that Saint Patrick, who was a missionary in the 4th century that converted the Irish to Christians, died.
Now, St. Pats day is a holiday celebrated by all races and religions by wearing green.
“St. Patrick’s revelers [who] thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers,” says The Christian Science Monitor.
“St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday for all. You get to dress up, hangout with friends and eat corn beef and cabbage. What’s better than that? Nothing,” senior Stephanie Mantilla said.
WNBC-TV 4, is broadcasting the parade on Friday, March 17, from 11am to 3pm, for those who cannot come to the parade.
Featured image attribution to Megan Wuerz.