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How To Watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2024

Our TV experts tell you how to watch the 2024 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 2024 St. Patrick’s Day parade on NBC New York this Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Bagpipers parade in a city

(Photo by Johnny Cohen on Unsplash)

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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 U.S.-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, the 2024 edition airs locally on NBC this Saturday, March 16, at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Watch the St. Patrick’s Day parade on cable or satellite TV

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).

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.)

Stream the 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 watch the St. Patrick’s Day parade free

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Over-the-air (OTA) TV antennas

OTA TV antennas aren’t free—but the channels are free forever after you purchase the device. The Mohu Leaf Plus costs less than $50 on Amazon, is easy to install, and picks up all your local channels and subchannels within a 60-mile radius.

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