Whether or not your family's lineage extends to the Emerald Isle, everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day -- which is reason enough to stand out from the crowd. Start a new tradition this year, and check out some ways to celebrate before and after tomorrow's parade (starting at 11a.m., marching on Fifth Avenue from 44th to 86th streets). Sláinte!
EAT LIKE AN IRISHMAN
WHAT Corned beef and cabbage is on every St. Patrick's menu as a fail-safe go-to, but the real-deal establishments honor the day by offering a traditional Irish breakfast of sausages, bacon, black-and-white pudding, baked beans, eggs, potatoes and toast. Skip the questionable cuisine at dive bars and get your fill at handsome midtown pub Tír Na Nóg, featuring live music until 2 a.m.
WHEN | WHERE Tomorrow from 7 to 11 a.m., open until 4 a.m. Sunday. 5 Penn Plaza (Eighth Avenue at 33rd Street)
INFO Breakfast $10-$15, 212-630-0249, tirnanognyc.com
LUCK OF THE IRISH PUB CRAWL
WHAT Practice your toasts, and have salty snacks on hand. From Friday to Sunday, this crawl offers access to a bevy of drink specials at select watering holes in the city. You plot your own route and choose which days and hours you want to imbibe -- think of it as one really long, customized happy hour.
WHEN|WHERE Friday through Sunday; various locations in Manhattan
INFO $15 (single registration) to $150 (group of 12), 212-724-3900, pubcrawls.com
WHAT Skip the ubiquitous U2 cover bands on St. Patrick's Day, and go raise a pint with Black 47, a lively troupe that has been mixing traditional Celtic folk music with rock and roll and reggae for more than two decades.
WHEN | WHERE Doors open Saturday at 5, show at 7 p.m.; B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St.
INFO $25 in advance, $30 day of, 212-997-4144, bbkingblues.com
ALL-REDHEAD BURLESQUE REVIEW & PARTY
WHAT Care to avoid sloppily soused crowds, but don't want to sacrifice an ounce of revelry? The Wasabassco Burlesque troupe will surely drink to that. Its "St. Patrick's Day for Sinners" promises an evening of bountiful naughtiness that keeps it classy. Win a round of drinks in the "show-us-your-best-emerald- underwear" contest. Bonus: All redheads, Irish or not, get in free.
WHEN | WHERE Doors open at 8 p.m.; the Bell House, 149 Seventh St., Brooklyn
INFO $10, 718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com
IRISH HUNGER MEMORIAL
WHAT Balance the day's indulgences by paying your respects to those who succumbed during the Great Irish Famine, which killed more than 1 million people from 1845 to 1852. A quarter-acre of land in lower Manhattan features an abandoned fieldstone cottage, plants indigenous to Ireland and 32 large stones, one from each county in Ireland. It's a solemn tribute to a people's perseverance and a reminder that hunger is still very much a global issue.
WHERE Corner of Vesey Street and North End Avenue, Battery Park City
INFO Free, 212-417-2000, batteryparkcity.org