New York City is buzzing with action in the month of March, thanks to a number of exciting events and pastimes. Visitors should definitely try and get their trip to coincide with two great attractions: the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th, 2008 and the Easter Parade on March 23rd.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been part of the New York landscape for an incredible 247 years! The first one was held in 1766 by Irish soldiers serving in the British army and since then has become a much-loved event by New Yorkers from all walks of life. These days, the parade begins on 42nd Street and travels north to 86th Street. Only marching is allowed, with no cars, floats or other vehicles taking part in the procession. This year’s parade will begin at 11 am and visitors are advised to get in early to enjoy some great viewing spots along the way.
The annual Easter Parade is a much less organized affair. On Easter Sunday, ‘paraders’ walk up and down Fifth Avenue (between 49th and 57th Street) to show off their Easter bonnets and costumes. It is not unusual to even see pets dressed up in their Easter finery! The parade runs from 10 am to 4 pm.
Another way to enjoy March in New York, before the warm Spring weather sets in, is to grab some skates and enjoy some spectacular ice-skating action in a number of locations around the city. While Rockefeller Center is the most familiar open-air rink to the average visitor, there are others that are worth visiting too. Try the covered Riverbank Ice Rink on the Hudson River at 145th Street or the very popular Wollman Rink in Central Park. Another Central Park favorite is Lasker Rink, while the Kate Wollman Rink in Prospect Park is a great choice for kids. Year round ice-skating can also be found at Chelsea Piers’ Sky Rink in the Sports and Entertainment Complex.