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St Patrick’s Day Parades: You ride, Moovit guides

Published: March 15, 2018

With St Patrick’s Day parades and events around the world on Saturday 17 March, you can rely on Moovit to get you to and from the craic (Irish for “fun”).  

Dust off your token green t-shirt and leprechaun-inspired top hat and let Moovit guide you to your nearest event. Concentrate on the celebrations and eating your fair share of green food and drinks, instead of worrying about  how to get to the party. 

Below are Moovit’s tips for St Patrick’s Day, and information on the biggest parades in North America.

Don’t take a car — Transit agencies have warned that with the crowds, public transit is the best way to navigate the city on St Patrick’s Day, so leave your car at home and skip the long car park queues.

Dress up — It’s one of the easiest holidays to dress up for, so there’s no excuse! Green is the new black…  

Be safe — It’s important that if you’re planning to get “merry” or if you see someone who shouldn’t drive home, make sure to use public transit or a ride-sharing app. Moovit has all options on the app.

Moovit users in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Toronto will receive informative push messages and in-app messages to help navigate the major parade routes and changes to public transit due to the events. This will help provide a smoother ride to the celebrations, or a way to bypass them this year!

New York City

Route: The parade takes place on Fifth Avenue, starting in Midtown Manhattan and traveling up to the Upper East Side. The parade march will begin on East 44th Street and end on East 79th Street this year.

When: Starting around 11am

How to get there:

  • The subway will be the best way to get to the parade route. The 4/5/6/F/N/R/W/Q all stop on Lexington Avenue at various points along the parade route. The E/M trains also stops at Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street.
  • If you’re coming into Penn Station from the Long Island Railroad you should catch the uptown E train at Penn Station to the Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street station.
  • If you’re coming into Port Authority from New Jersey your should also catch an uptown E train from Port Authority to the Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street station.
  • If you’re coming into Grand Central Station from the Metro-North Railroad you should catch an uptown 4/5/6 train and get off at any of these stations situation near the parade route: 51st Street, Lexington Avenue and 59th Street, 68th Street and 77th Street.

Please be aware of MTA’s subway service changes this Saturday. Always check service alerts in Moovit before you start your journey!

Boston

Due to heavy snowfall this week the parade will follow a shortened route. The exact route has yet to be announced.

Follow @ParadeBoston & @MBTA for live updates regarding the parade route.

Toronto

Ride free from 4pm to 2:30am on the 501 Queen, 504 King and 514 Cherry routes courtesy of Jameson Irish Whiskey, providing Torontonians with a safe ride to and from local St Patrick’s Day festivities.

Route: The Toronto St Patrick’s Day Parade begins on the corner of Bloor Street and St George Street (near St George subway station) and heads east on Bloor Street, turns south on Yonge Street and finally turns west on Queen Street, finishing at the parade reviewing stand at Nathan Phillips Square.

When: Starting around 12pm

Access from the TTC subway can be made at the following stations:

  • St. George
  • Bloor
  • Wellesley
  • College
  • Dundas
  • Queen

Please be aware of TTC’s service changes this Saturday. Always check service alerts in Moovit before you start your journey!

Check @TTCnotices to stay in the know about service changes surrounding the parade.

Los Angeles

The parade route: The parade kicks off near City Hall on Valley Drive, heads west on Pier Avenue and ends at the corner of Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street.

When: Starting around 11am

Please be aware of LA Metro’s service changes this Saturday. Always check service alerts in Moovit before you start your journey!

Stay updated with @metrolaalerts.

Don’t leave your friends green with envy, share Moovit with them so they can work out the best route for them (and meet you on time).

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