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How to Watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2023

Our TV experts tell you how to watch the 2023 St. Patrick’s Day Parade live and even for free.

Readers, without too much ado, we present our 99% blarney-free guide on how to watch the 2023 St. Patrick’s Day parade on NBC this Friday, March 17, 2023.

Bagpipers parade in a city

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Happy St. ISP’s Day!

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What is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade?

Originally a feast honoring one of Ireland’s three patron saints, St. Patrick’s Day—thanks to Irish immigrants to America—is now an excuse for binge drinking and non-consensual pinching (if you don’t wear green). Oh, and a massive parade featuring both activities above, plus Irish music, dancing, and comically large leprechaun balloons.

The most significant US-based St. Patrick’s Day parade—the one you wanna watch—happens in New York City (which must seriously irritate Bostonians). And as previously mentioned, it airs on NBC this Friday, March 17, 2023.

Is Whacking Day real?

Nope. Legend has it that St. Patrick drove all snakes from Ireland, but The Simpsons episode “Whacking Day” shows us what St. Patrick’s Day could be like if the legend were true. (BTW, Disney+ has every season of The Simpsons.)

How to watch the 2023 St. Patrick’s Day parade on cable

Virtually every cable and satellite TV provider carries NBC, so if you have Xfinity, Optimum, DISH Network, or another TV provider, you’re ready to watch the parade on live TV (or set a DVR timer).

How to stream the 2023 St. Patrick’s Day parade live

Similarly, most live TV streaming services carry your local NBC affiliate. But if your NBC station isn’t showing the New York parade, you can stream it on NBC New York’s website and YouTube channel. The parade also streams on Peacock’s New York News channel.

Pro tip: Read our YouTube TV review to see why it’s our editor’s choice for the best live TV streaming service overall.

How to stream the 2023 St. Patrick’s Day parade free

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