Sleepy Hollow NY/Tarrytown NY

St. Patricks Day Parade

Sleepy Hollow NY and Tarrytown NY host their annual (and super fun!) St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the Sunday before March 17th.

The parade kicks off at 1:30pm on Main Street in Tarrytown, heads north on Broadway, and concludes around 3:00pm on Beekman Ave. in Sleepy Hollow. 

Note: This year the parade was on Sunday, March 15th, 2015.

2013 Parade and festivities - Filmed with a GoPro  

And 2014, filmed with a Nikon d5100 & Tascam TM-2X mic. 

Getting Here...

By train, take metro-north's hudson line to Tarrytown Station. By car, take Route 9, or the NYS Thruway/Tappan Zee Bridge. See below for a parking map with the parade route.

View Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow St. Patrick's Day Parade in a larger map


For street parking in Tarrytown, try Central Ave, or North Washington St, or Altamont, just up the hill off Neperhan. In Sleepy Hollow, there's overflow parking at the end of Continental St

The blue "P" at the top of the map is at the Philipsburg Manor parking lot. Use this parking lot to attend the parade from Beekman Ave in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

The two blue "P"s on the bottom are the Tarrytown Train Station Parking lot, and the metered municipal lot off S. Washington (right behind Main St.) Use these to catch it in Tarrytown, NY.

Come as early as you can. Parking becomes scarce in a hurry around here! They start blocking off certain streets around 11:00 am. 

Observations of the Sleepy Hollow NY  / Tarrytown NY St. Patrick's Day Parade...

American and Irish flags flying from lampposts... Businesses with doors flung open... Citizens joined with beer and corned beef...

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Crowds Gather at Beekman Ave.

That is what I was expecting as I walked to Beekman Avenue in Sleepy Hollow NY at about 11am. But as I rounded "Willy's corner" on Pocantico Street, there was only the shrill cry of a gasoline-powered leaf blower.

JP Doyles, now empty will soon be packed with revelers

The manager at JP Doyle’s Pub and his staff were busy arranging the floor space. More staff were preparing food in an adjacent parking lot and getting the beer garden set up out back.

"Parade starts at 1:30," he said.

By 1:30pm the crowds gather in large numbers

By the time I returned, I wasn't alone. A dozen people with camp chairs were all headed in the same direction...

I turned the corner at Pocantico once more. Throngs of people now flooded the streets, a voice was booming over the microphone, and kids were running around everywhere!

Suddenly, the parade came rolling around the corner...

It had begun a half hour earlier on Main Street in Tarrytown NY.

Police squads came first blazing their lights and sirens. Then for the next hour or so came various marching bands, bagpipe brigades and local dignitaries of all sorts, each of them stopping in front of the stage at the corner of North Washington.

Now things were really firing off. Lots of families and friends with their kids and dogs, and just enough of the drinking crowd for those who like to cut loose. This was a sham-rockin’ street party!

Since the parades birth in 1996, it has become a cherished community event for the villages of Sleepy Hollow NY and Tarrytown NY. 

Some personal highlights were the 10 or 11 fire engines, the early 1900s Model Buick, and of course, the much loved local ham, the Headless Horseman.

We started buying beer and Corned-Beef sandwiches from Finalmente’s restaurant in Sleepy Hollow NY. They had taps of Peroni and Yuengling and a full menu of special food for the parade right there on the sidewalk.

Daniel Damiano, owner of this popular Italian trattoria, and his crew (which included a couple Stafford Terrier puppies) were out serving tapped beer, shots of whiskey, and tons of paninis.

Around 3:30 or 4:00 the parade was all but over. Crowds were still scattered on the streets, filling up on more beer, walking up and down Beekman Avenue, blowing into plastic horns.

We bought a couple more of those paninis (chicken parm and sautéed vegetables with goat cheese) and headed for home to enjoy the rest of the day in peace.

The sun set quickly, and back in the comfort of home I fell asleep. It was now 10:00 pm!

I took Samjin out for a walk and cruised by Sleepy Hollow NY's Beekman Avenue again, nearly 12 hours after my first inspection.

Doyle’s was still raging on. People were in and out laughing that high laughter after one too many Guinnesses, cops parked out front chatting with the people.

Down the street Sleepy Hollow NY's, I'm sure Bridge View Tavern had a little party of its own going on. 

As I walked, one of the bag-pipers from the parade came staggering by. His uniform was loose, beret off-tilt, his cheeks were rosy, and he had a twinkle in his eye.

I hope he didn't have to work Monday morning!

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