(Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
The St Patrick's Day parade takes place in New York City on Saturday March 16 and will see thousands coming out to join the festivities. The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on 5th Avenue around 44th Street, with the entire parade available to watch online through free live stream (details below).
This year's parade has a route that will see the procession march up 5th Avenue past St Patrick's Cathedral at 50th Street and continue on all the way to 79th Street, where it will finish at around 4.30 to 5.00 p.m. ET.
To avoid the crowds below 59th Street, the Viewing Committee has advised that the best viewing spots are anywhere north of 66th Street and Fifth Avenue.
The upper steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art also should provide a great view, where viewers can get a close-up look at the marchers around 86th Street where the parade route ends. It has also been advised that some of the best viewing spots will be along the north end of the parade route.
A map can be found by clicking HERE.
The 69th Regiment of New York, 1st Battalion, will march along with Grand Marshal Alfred E. Smith IV, as well as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other dignitaries. For a full list of the line up for the march, click here.
Organizers have advised anyone looking to join the parade should leave their cars at home and take public transportation to the parade, with the subway or train providing access to the various parts of the parade route.
The 2013 grand marshal is the great-grandson of former Governor of New York Al Smith and serves as the director, secretary and dinner chairman for the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.
The St Patrick's Day parade is held each year to honor Patrick, who is the Patron Saint of Ireland, as well as to celebrate all things of Irish heritage. The parade is organized every year by community volunteers under the leadership of the St. Patrick's Parade Committee.
The 2013 St. Patrick's Day parade can be watched live on NBC by clicking here starting at 11 a.m. ET Saturday.
Here is an interactive map of the parade route.