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Erin Go Bragh

In March, celebrate Manhattan's Irish history and heritage at the country's oldest St. Patrick's Day Parade, which has been marching up Fifth Avenue (between 44th and 79th Streets) for more than 250 years. If you don't want to brave the crowds or the climate, you can also catch it on television from the cozy comfort of your Holiday Inn Manhattan View guest room just a stone's throw from Manhattan. After the parade, toast your Irish (or Irish-for-a-day) heritage with a stop by one of Long Island City's laid-back neighborhood pubs. A few of our favorites include the lively Bantry Bay Publick House and old world Woodbines, which has not one but two happy hours and a lovely Shepherd's Pie you can wash down with a Guinness Stout on draft. Green garb not required (but always encouraged).

Address: Fifth Avenue between 44th and 79th Streets