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St. Patrick's Day in NYC

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St. Patrick's Day

There are nearly half a million Irish Americans residing in NYC, which is more than any other city in the country. So, not surprisingly, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays celebrated in the City. In Manhattan, the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day parade travels along 5th Ave, and draws approximately two million spectators each year, providing a boost to the City’s economy. There are also parades in each of the other boroughs (and two in Queens) throughout March.

New York City’s ties to Ireland stem from the large wave of immigrants that came to the United States in the mid-1800s. Today, there are about 14,000 Irish-born City residents. Ireland is also a large tourism market, and according to NYC & Company there were 225,000 Irish visitors to NYC in 2010. The decline from 2008 to 2010 is reflective of Ireland’s economic contraction over the period. However, despite the decline in the number of tourists, collectively they spent $441 million in 2010, which was an increase of about 10% from 2009.

Irish Visitors to NYC

Irish Tourism in NYC

Source: NYC & Company

StatsBee is a column featuring interesting statistics about NYC, written by economists at the Economic Research & Analysis department within NYCEDC’s Center for Economic Transformation. (Top photo credit: Kristen Artz/NYC Mayor’s Office)

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