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St. Patrick's Day events: NYC parades, parties and more celebrations

Shamrocks and green-everything will soon take over, so it's time to start thinking about your St. Patrick's Day plans.

It won't be hard to find drink specials across the city, and there is no shortage of parades. Whether you're looking for a pub crawl, a concert, a parade, a historical tour or a wee bit of silliness this year, the city has it.

And since the holiday falls on a Saturday (March 17), there's more of a reason to get out and celebrate with a drink, authentic eats, great music and more.

The following events are on March 17, unless otherwise noted.

Trademark Taste + Grind (March 12)

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, learn
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Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, learn how to pour your own Guinness and sample a range of beers while nibbling on food by executive chef Adrienne Guttieri. ($10, 6 to 8 p.m., 38 W. 36th St., universe.com)

Park Avenue Tavern

Enjoy food and beer specials, including corned beef
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Enjoy food and beer specials, including corned beef sliders, while you listen to music by a live band. Once it gets dark, a DJ will take over to spin tunes. (11 a.m., 99 Park Ave., parkavenuetavern.com)

Williamsburg pub crawl

Did someone say $3 shots? This pub crawl
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Did someone say $3 shots? This pub crawl flows down Grand Street, stopping at Redd's Tavern, where you'll get $3 shots, free pizza with a drink purchase at Dar525, and a $7.50 Jameson and taco special at Los Tacos-Mcondo. In total, the crawl stops at 12 restaurants and bars. (4 to 8 p.m., Grand Street, between Humboldt Street and Union Avenue, grandstreetbk.org)

Haven Rooftop party

Wear green to this rooftop party that will
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Wear green to this rooftop party that will include Jameson shots, "the Shamrocker," "special green shots" and Guinness. You'll also get to snack on some calamari, fish tacos and sliders. (Noon, 132 W. 47th St., havenrooftop.com)

'Rock the Yacht' for St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate the holiday with a night out on
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Celebrate the holiday with a night out on a St. Patrick's Day-themed cruise. Enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and more while enjoying a variety of beer, wine and Irish whisky on three different tours. Starting at 6 p.m., you can take the happy hour cruise, which includes a DJ, bar snacks, an open bar and more. At 9 p.m., you can party it up on the "Rock the Yacht" celebration, and at 10 p.m., for just $20, you can enjoy a silent disco. The cruises depart from Pier 15 at South Street Seaport. ($32 to $75, 78 South St., Manhattan, hornblowernewyork.com)

Irish gangs of Hell's Kitchen tour

Hidden New York Tours is holding a special
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Hidden New York Tours is holding a special tour for St. Patrick's Day about the Irish gangs of Hell's Kitchen. These groups ruled the neighborhood from as far back as the late 1800s, first with The Gophers and later with the Westies, who kept their business going for nearly 30 years, from about 1960 to 1988. The tour stops at a number of pubs and tenements, including Hellcat Annie's, which used to be Mickey Spillane's headquarters. ($35, 6 and 9 p.m., the southeast corner of 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, fareharbor.com)

Whiskey Wars Factory Tour

The 19th-century
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The 19th-century "whiskey wars" began when Marines from the Brooklyn Navy Yard cracked down on illegal whiskey being distilled in the city. Explore the city's moonshine past, as well as the industry's resurgence today, on this tour and whiskey tasting with Kings County Distillery, located in the Navy Yard. ($20, 4:30 p.m., BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn, bldg92.org

U2 tribute at Cafe Wha?

Village hangout Cafe Wha? is celebrating Irish rockers
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Village hangout Cafe Wha? is celebrating Irish rockers U2 with a tribute to the band on St. Patrick's Day. Performers including Amadou Gaye and Bennett Miller will take the stage to perform hits from albums "The Joshua Tree," "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" and more. ($15, 6:30 p.m., 115 MacDougal St., Manhattan, cafewha.com)

Throggs Neck St. Patrick's Day Parade (March 11)

Celebrate the Bronx community at its annual parade
Photo Credit: Throggs Neck Benevolent Association via Facebook

Celebrate the Bronx community at its annual parade that kicks off with a Mass and free breakfast at St. Benedict's Church from 9 to 10 a.m. The parade will start at noon at East Tremont and Lafayette avenues and travel right on Harding Avenue to Brinsmade Avenue. facebook.com

'The Amazing NY Scavenger Hunt'

Expect to complete some bar challenges during this
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Expect to complete some bar challenges during this St. Patrick's Day scavenger hunt by Pogo Events. The challenge will lead you around the city, where you'll perform physical and mental tasks. Each member of the winning team will get a New York City-centric gift package. ($39, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Slattery's Midtown Pub, 8 E. 36th St. #3, eventbrite.com)

St. Patrick's Day at QED (March 16-17)

Head to Astoria for some St. Patrick's Day-themed
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Head to Astoria for some St. Patrick's Day-themed comedy and a film screening of "Leprechaun in Space" with live riffing by comedians. On March 16, comedy shows QED Presents and Shame! will kick off the night, followed by the film at 11 p.m. Then on March 17, stand-up comedians will perform during "The Odd Rock Comedy Hour," "QED Presents" and "Last Stop Laughs." ($10, starting at 7:30 p.m., 27-16 23rd Ave., qedastoria.com)

Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade (March 25)

Following Mass at the nearby St. Patrick's Church,
Photo Credit: Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade via Facebook

Following Mass at the nearby St. Patrick's Church, Bay Ridge's 25th annual parade will step off from Marine Avenue and Third Avenue around 1 p.m. It is then set to travel down Third Avenue to 67th Street. bayridgestpatricksday.com

NYC Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Don your green and four-leaf clover accessories for
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Don your green and four-leaf clover accessories for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The famed attraction is also considered the largest and oldest St. Patrick's Day parade in the world, so grab your spot early. (Free, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th streets, Manhattan, nycstpatricksparade.org)

Sober St. Patrick's Day NYC Party

Want to avoid the Guinness and Jameson on
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Want to avoid the Guinness and Jameson on St. Patrick's Day? Join The New York Irish Center in reclaiming the holiday for an evening of dancing by the Donny Golden School of Irish Dance and music including tunes by singer Donie Carroll (pictured), champion accordionist John Whelan, champion fiddle player Brian Conway, and others. There will be snacks, baked goods and nonalcoholic drinks, of course. ($25, 4 to 7 p.m., St. Patrick's Youth Center, 268 Mulberry St., Manhattan, soberstpatricksday.org)

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