and all the fun things you should be doing this weekend



St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is coming up! Looking for some alternatives to the usual drunken debauchery? ciaoooo! has your back. This year the holiday falls on Sunday but celebrations last all weekend. Grab your lucky greens and plan your weekend.


  1. Attend the Parade.

Manhattan - Saturday, March 16th

If you’ve never been to the St. Patrick’s Day parade, you’re missing out. It’s the 257th celebration. It’ll be 51 degrees, crisp enough to enjoy the sun without having to wear your Canada Goose. The parade beings on 44th street and 5th avenue at 11am.

Brooklyn - Sunday, March 17th

If you’re not in the mood to leave Brooklyn, join in on the borough’s 44th annual parade.

Train over to Bartel Pritchard Circle in Prospect Park, by 1pm to see the festivities. (Get there by noon if you’re matching with a group)

Be part of LGBT history with BILO!

Brooklyn Irish LGBTQ Organization (BILO) will be making history as the first LGBTQ group to ever march in the Brooklyn St. Paddy’s parade.   First LGBTQ Group to march in BK’s parade

2. Experience an Irish author

Various locations - Friday, March 15

Every St. Paddy’s day, the Irish Arts Center gives outs thousands of free books by Irish and Irish American authors. They also choose an additional culture to highlight, this year’s selection is the Asian American voice. There will be pop-up stations all across the five boroughs from children’s books, non-fiction and much more.

3. Sober St. Pattys

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

St. Patrick's Youth Center, 268 Mulberry St., NYC, 4-7pm

Give your liver a break and partake in the 8th annual Sober St. Paddy’s. Featuring a light supper and a myriad of, traditional Irish dancers, singers and musicians The event is family friendly!

4. Explore the former Little Ireland

In Between City Hall and Houston street used to be a lil’ area called Little Ireland. Back in the 19th century Irish immigrants came to NYC in waves. Join in on this walking tour to learn about the challenges and legacy of our Irish ancestors.

If you don’t have time for the full tour, stop by the Irish Hunger Memorial on Vesey Street.

5. Laugh your fecking arse off with Irish Comics.

Any fans of Father Ted? Head to the West Side Comedy Club to see some Irish comedians in in town for St.Paddy’s! They’ll have you laughing and crying with their international perspectives. Are Dublin rats just as cheeky as Brooklyn rats? (Probably more.)

6. Strings on St. Patrick’s

Sunday March 17th 11am - 2pm.

St. John’s in the West Village

Soak in some spiritual sounds with the string group, Stellae Borleales visiting from Ottawa and the choirs of St. John’s. The entire repertoire reflects St. Patrick, and comes with a free lunch.