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Parades in Manhattan
The St. Patrick's Day Parade (March 17th) in New York City is the largest of the St. Patrick’s parade in the world. The parade route is along 5th Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street and lasts from 11:00 a.m. to about 2:30 p.m. New York's Village Halloween Parade is a street parade and pageant held each night on Halloween (October 31st) along Sixth Avenue between Spring Street and 21st Street. The event attracts nearly two million spectators and 50,000 costumed participants. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (November 26th) begins in the morning from Central Park West, attracting many spectators and shown live on nationwide television. 

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade by tweber1

Festivals in Manhattan
The TriBeCa Film Festival (April/May) takes place at several cinemas, screening independent foreign films, short films, and documentaries. Macy's Fourth July Fireworks is an amazing display of colorful fireworks lighting up the night sky and takes place along the East River. Summer in Little Italy Festival (June to August) is an Italian food festival held every Friday and weekends along Mulberry Street. Another food festival is the Taste of Chinatown (December to January) in Lower Manhattan offering varieties of Asian foods especially Chinese and Vietnamese.

Parades outside Manhattan
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is a one-day (June) event in Brooklyn’s Coney Island. The parade has a circus or carnival like atmosphere with participants dressed in varieties of marine costumes. Chinese New Year (January/February) in the neighborhood of Flushing in Queens is celebrated with the traditional dragon dance, parade, beating of drums, and night fireworks.
Coney Island Mermaid Parade, New York City

Coney Island Mermaid Parade by Jim Henderson

Festivals outside Manhattan
Coney Island is also the venue for the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest (July 4th) and the winner is the contestant that eats the most hot dogs in 10 minutes. The Ferragosto Festival (September) is an Italian festival at Arthur Avenue (Little Italy) in The Bronx. The festival is a lively street festival with plenty of Italian foods and street performance including music. Atlantic Antic (first Sunday in October) is another street food festival stretching 1 1/2 miles (2.4 kilometers) along Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue.


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