I enjoy going to Manhattan on St. Patrickâ€™s Day! Yes I really do have Irish in me, about 1/8th (great grandfather) and the first time I happened to be in NYC on St Paddyâ€™s was purely by accident! I was there for work and ended up going out and staying up way too late! I had been to New York before this trip, but my first trip ever was in May and the weather was incredible. I had learned on that May trip that the bars were open until 4am! Awesome (why arenâ€™t any states other than NY and Nevada cool like that?) Anyway, I digress, on this second trip to NYC on St Paddyâ€™s I got to check out the big parade, meet and party with cool people from Ireland, watched some great March Madness basketball games and overall had a wonderful time. I decided I needed to make it a semi-regular thing.
This trip was my fourth St Paddyâ€™s visit and getting there was an adventure! It turned out that year a sudden snow storm whipped into the northeast and blanketed everything with snow.
My flight was an evening flight from Seattle to LA then a red eye to NYC and they decided to cancel my flight from LA to NYC! A friend of mine from Atlanta was supposed to be meeting me in New York and we would hook up with NYC based friends once we got there. Even though I have some good friends living in LA and couldâ€™ve switched plans, with all that NYC pre-planning, I was like â€śHELL NO!â€ť So instead, I figured out how to get on a flight to Chicago ASAP. That worked and as soon as I got to Chicago I went and jumped on standby for the first flight into La Guardia.
The short story is, I beat the storm into New York and as I was taking my cab ride to my hotel that morning, flakes began to fall.
As you can see from the pictures, they got a nice dose of snow, about 8-10 inches if I remember right. Anyway, my Atlanta friend was not so lucky. His flights were cancelled and he didnâ€™t have any way of getting to New York. That, of course, did not stop me from having dinner with our mutual friends and drinking the night away! On St. Paddyâ€™s proper we started our pub crawl at the Banshee in the Upper East Side and worked our way down to Swift down in the Bowery with a few place in between. 4am always comes faster than expected! : )