Get a jump on St. Pat's this March at one or both of the St. Patrick's Day parades in Queens. That's right. The Irish need a double dose on the weekend of March 2 and 3 to build up enough steam for the touristy parade in Manhattan on March 17.
On Saturday, March 2, the Rockaways -- yes, the post-Sandy recovering Rockaways -- hosts the official Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade (and NYC's second-largest St. Pat's celebration). There will be so many bagpipe bands that they're sure to knock your socks off and maybe your hat. If the sun and the Irish eyes are smiling, expect big crowds. If it's cold and damp, well...you can always take shelter in a pub. Either way, come out to cheer the peninsula!
Sunnyside and Woodside are the scene on Sunday, March 3, of the St. Pat's for All parade. Expect an international, neighborhood crowd, one that really lives up to the parade's title. Community group representing lots of immigrant groups will join Irish performers.