Street Closures in NYC for St. Patrick’s Day Parades and United Airlines Half-Marathon

New York City, March 16, 2024 — As New Yorkers gear up to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the city is abuzz with festivities. However, with great celebrations come necessary precautions, including street closures. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming events and their impact on traffic.

1. United Airlines Half-Marathon

Date and Time

The United Airlines Half-Marathon, a premier athletic event, will also take place on Saturday, March 16. Runners from around the world will tackle the 13.1-mile course through the city’s streets.


The half-marathon route covers various neighborhoods, including Central Park, Times Square, and the West Side Highway. Runners will pass iconic landmarks, providing a unique perspective of the city.

Held Event

The United Airlines Half-Marathon attracts seasoned runners, first-timers, and fitness enthusiasts.

Whether you’re cheering from the sidelines or lacing up your running shoes, this event embodies the spirit of New York’s resilience and determination.

Impact on Traffic and Commuters

Expect significant traffic disruptions throughout the day. If you’re driving, plan alternate routes or use public transportation. The MTA will provide additional subway and bus services to accommodate the influx of visitors.

Broadcast and Viewing Options

Can’t make it to the parade or the half-marathon? Tune in to local channels for live coverage. International viewers can stream the events online via dedicated platforms.

2. St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Date and Time

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off on Saturday, March 16, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. Thousands of marchers, bagpipers, and revelers will take to the streets, clad in green, to honor Irish heritage and culture.


The parade route begins on Fifth Avenue at 44th Street and winds its way up to Fifth Avenue at 79th Street. Expect a sea of green as the procession moves through iconic landmarks, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Street Closures

To accommodate the parade, several streets will be closed along the route. Notable closures include:

  • Fifth Avenue between 42nd Street and 86th Street
  • Madison Avenue (between 42nd Street and 86th Street)
  • Other cross streets intersecting the parade route

Security Measures

The NYPD has implemented stringent security measures to ensure the safety of participants and spectators. Expect bag checks, barricades, and a visible police presence throughout the parade.

About the Author: [Nick Williams ] is a New York-based writer passionate about city life, culture, and community events on Saint Patrick’s Day.