This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Friday, March 17. In New York City, it is one of the biggest events of the month, with a parade marching along Fifth Avenue, numerous attractions and countless decorations, costumes and foods to celebrate!

St. Patrick’s Day marks the passing of the most celebrated patron saint in Ireland. The celebration has spread, across time, in many parts of the world. In the United States, over 139 million people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

According to a recent survey, people spent 35$ individually on the celebration of St. Patrick’s in 2016. This year, they are expected to take even more out of their pockets: $40. The survey also concluded that people plan to spend the most money on food (52%) and drinks (41%). Then, they will be buying apparel (28%), decorations (22%) and sweets (14%).

“Now that winter is almost behind us and with St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Friday, we will see more Americans getting together to celebrate with friends and family”, National Retail Federation CEO Matthew Shay told Fox News. “Retailers should expect a nice boost in sales as consumers purchase apparel, decorations, food and beverages”, he added.

New Yorkers will parade on St. Patrick’s Day on Firth Ave. starting 11 a.m. The parade will end at 5 p.m at East 80th Street, near the American Irish Historical Society.

 

St. Patrick’s Day NYC Parade will start at 11 a.m.

 

If you want to stop some place to grab a beer, here are the best beer bars in town, according to Timeout.com: Tørst (Greenpoint), Threes Brewing (Gowanus), The Cannibal (Midtown), Jimmi’s No.43 (East Village), Battery Harris (Williamsburg).

As for the fun, here are some activities you can take part in:

The Irish Pub Cooking Class – The Irish Pub (Financial District, Manhattan) – $120

St Patrick’s Day Whiskey vs Beer and Cheese – Murray’s Cheese (Greenwich Village, Manhatan) – $90

Irish Soda Bread and Scone Workshop – The Baking Coach (Greenlawn, Huntington) – $55

Whiskey Wars – Kings County Distillery (Navy Yard, Brooklyn) – $15