It began before the Declaration of Independence was adopted; that is how old the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is in Manhattan. Today, March 17, 2011, marks the 250th St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the largest civilian parade in the world.
For Port Washington residents who want to be there, on what promises to be a spectacular late winter day, the Long Island Railroad is adding four trains to its regular weekday schedule to accommodate parade goers.
Westbound additions are as follows:
A 9:40 AM train will depart Port Washington and make all stops through Bayside, Broadway, Flushing Main Street, Woodside, then Penn Station.
A 10:50 AM train will depart Great Neck and make all stops through Bayside, Broadway, Flushing Main Street, Woodside, then Penn Station.
Eastbound additions are as follows:
A 3:18 PM train from Penn Station will stop at Woodside, Flushing Main Street, then all stops to Port Washington.
A 3:40 PM train from Penn will stop at Woodside, Flushing Main Street, then all stops to Great Neck.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. on 44th Street and marches past St. Patrick's Cathedral at 50th Street, up past the American Irish Historical Society at 83rd and the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 83rd Street to 86th Street.
The MTA advises commuters not to bring any alcoholic beverages, open or closed, on trains, platforms and stations through 4 a.m. on March 18. Alcoholic beverages will be confiscated by the MTA Police and LIRR bar carts will not be in operation, according to the MTA.