The festivities will run shorter than in years past but there will be no shortage of smiling Irish eyes Thursday at the 250th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Since all parade routes have been chopped to reduce police costs, this year’s march will end at E.79th Street instead of E.86th Street.
Here are some parade highlights.
When: Kicks off at 11 a.m. from 44th Street.
Grand Marshal: Author Mary Higgins Clark
Best viewing spots: The steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 83rd Street and Fifth Avenue or along the route north of 66th Street and Fifth Avenue, where crowds are thinner.
To watch from home: Live broadcast on WNBC-Channel 4 and streamed live on nycstpatricksparade.org.
Mass transit: LIRR will add nine extra trains and MetroNorth will add three extra ones. Check www.mta.info.
Street closures: From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., sections of Madison, Fifth and Vanderbilt avenues and 44th, 45th, 46th through 48th, 63rd, 64th and 80th through 85th streets will be impacted. For a complete list, visit www.nyc.gov/dot, the city transportation department website.