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St. Patrick's Day Parade

The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of the largest parades in New York City, attended by more than 150,000 people each year.

The first St. Patrick's Day in New York took place in 1766, when homesick Irish soldiers, Catholic and Protestant, marched around the streets of Manhattan playing Irish songs. By the middle of the 19th century and the arrival of immigrants fleeing the potato famine, the parade grew and spurred clashes between Protestant and Catholic participants.

In 1991, the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization sought to march under its own banner in the parade. The parade committee denied them that privilege - and continues to do so. This has set off a controversy reaching all the way to the old country where Irish politicians have signed petitions urging that the lesbian and gay group be allowed to march.

The furor creates a quandary for politicians. Former Mayor Giuliani opted to march. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has followed suit, but marches in smaller, more inclusive St. Patrick's Day parades in the other boroughs and invites members of the gay and lesbian group to a breakfast for Irish leaders and others at Gracie Mansion.

This year's parade will march up Fifth Avenue, from 44th to 86th Street on Monday, March 17. It will begin at 11 a.m.

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March 17

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street
Free; 11 a.m. ≠ 5:30 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day Protest
An annual sidewalk protest against the exclusion of homosexuals from marching in the parade

Northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street
Free; 10 a.m.
[email protected]

St. Patrick's Neighborhood
The Municipal Art Society will offer a walk through Midtown Manhattan; led by architectural historian Francis Morrone.

Meet at the Urban Center
457 Madison Ave. at 51st Street
$12; 11 a.m.

St. Patrick's Day at the Seaport
A step-dance performance by students the Inishfree School of Dance and a musical presentation by Bobby Byrne

South Street Seaport
Pier 17
Free; 3 p.m. ≠ 7 p.m.

A Women's Jazz Festival
A performance by flutist Bobbi Humphrey and The Spelman Jazz Ensemble

Schomburg Library for Research in Black Culture
Langston Huges Auditorium
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
$20; 7 p.m.

March 18

Remembrance of Things Past
A memoir writing workshop with former Brooklyn Poet Laureate Dennis Nurkse

Canarsie Branch
Rockaway Parkway and Avenue J, Brooklyn
Free; 4 p.m.

Guitarist Yaniv Attar and flutist Daniel Grodzicki will perform works by Rodrigo, Ponce, Villa-Lobos, and Piazzola

180 Maiden Lane
180 Maiden Lane at Front Street
Free; 12:30 p.m.

Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture
A gallery talk with Alisa LaGamma about African oral traditions, poetry and art relating to the origins of the world

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Free with museum admission; 11 a.m.

Poetry Writing Workshop

Jefferson Market Library
425 Sixth Avenue
Free; 4:30 p.m.

The Great Wells of Democracy
Manning Marable, professor of history and director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University will present a lecture about racial politics in the 21st century

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
$10; free to students; 6 p.m.

Metisse, Picasso and the Female Body
A slide lecture presented by Richard Turnbull of the Museum of Modern Art, Queens

Fresh Meadows Library
193-20 Horace Harding Expressway
Free; 2:30 p.m.

Rezoning New York's Industrial Waterfronts: Job Displacement or an Opportunity to Solve the Housing Crisis?
Center for an Urban Future will offer a forum on how the mayor's housing plan relates to rezoning industrial areas

New School University
Swayduck Auditorium
65 Fifth Avenue between 13th & 14th Streets
Free; 8:30 a.m.
RSVP to [email protected]

More Than Bricks and Mortar: Public Libraries and Greater New York, 1890-1920
A slide lecture presented by historian Jeffrey A. Kroessler

Donnell Library
20 West 53rd Street
Free; 6 p.m.

Our Genes, Our Choices: Who Gets to Know?
A discussion with Arthur Miller, professor at Harvard Law School, about the implications of genetic testing

Science, Industry and Business Library
188 Madison Avenue
Free; 5:30 p.m.

Ideas Cafe Oasis of Peace
A discussion by the members of Neve Shalom, a community created to demonstrate that Jews and Israeli Arabs can live together in peace.

Skirball Center at Temple Emanu-El
10 East 66th Street
$10; 8:30 p.m.

Birds of the East Coast: A Natural Perspective
A slide lecture presented by nature photographer Michael Unold

St. Margaret's House
49 Fulton Street
$2; 6:30 p.m.

March 19

In Girls' Club: Have Women Created a Network of Influence?
An opening night of ≥25 Years of Women Calling the Shots,≤ a week long exhibition and symposium about the challenges women face in the media and film industry

Walter Reade Theater
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$25; 7 p.m.

Bright Spots in the Jazz Business: Are There Any and How to Make the Most of Them?
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The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
55 West 13th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
Free; 6 p.m.

Japanese Tea Ceremony
Demonstration sponsored by Urasenke Chanoyu Center

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Sackler Wing Galleries for the Arts of Japan
Free with Museum admission; 2 p.m.

Nature and Figure Drawing
A drawing lesson for students with all skill levels

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
2 South End Avenue
Free; 2:30

Religious Communities and the New York State Court System
New York State Court System and Interfaith Center of New York will offer a workshop on the legal issues impacting religious communities

The Interfaith Center of New York
40 East 30th Street
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
RSVP to 212-685-4242 ext. 32

South Bronx Leadership Forum
South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation will offer a forum with Robert W. Walsh, Commissioner of New York City Department of Small Business Services

SOBRO Center
555 Bergen Avenue, 3rd Floor
(between 149th street and Westchester Ave.)
$20; 8:15 a.m.

Divine Comedy
Dramatic reading of Dante's epic poem

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue
Free; 6 p.m.

March 20

Beyond Reentry
A conference focusing on women ex-prisoners in higher education and public life

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
Free; noon - 5 p.m.

How to Transition from Employee to Small Business Owner: What You Need to Know to Minimize Costs, Maximize Your Time and Work Effectively with an Accountant, Lawyer and Business Advisors
A presentation by the team

Science, Industry and Business Library
188 Madison Avenue
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The Songful Joyce: The Poetry of James Joyce Set to Music
A lecture by Myra Russel will be followed by the performance by Robert White, tenor, and Stephen Gosling, piano.

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
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Ensemble Viscera will perform Spanish Baroque music

St. Francis of Assisi Church
135 West 31st Street
Free; 1:15 p.m.

From the Old Country to the New World
A solo dramatic performance by actress Judith Goldsmith

Bayside Library
214-20 Northern Boulevard
Free; 2 p.m.

Fiction Writing
A workshop offered by Gotham Writers

Barnes and Noble
675 Sixth Avenue at 22nd Street
Free; 7 p.m.

Manet/VelŠzquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting
Orientation slide lecture with Deborah L. RoldŠn

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Free with Museum admission; 11 a.m.

Gotham Jazzmen
A performance by New York City jazz artists

Donnell Library
20 West 53rd Street
Free; 12:30 p.m.

The Mayoralty of Robert F. Wagner
March 20 ≠ March 21
The New-York Historical Society and the College of Staten Island will sponsor a conference honoring the 50th anniversary of the election of Robert F. Wagner as mayor

New-York Historical Society
2 West 77th Street at Central Park West
6:30 p.m. (Thursday)
[email protected]

Biased or Balanced? Israel & the Media  
A panel discussion with Ethan Bronner, Stan Greenberg and David Makovsky about methods, goals and challenges of reporting on the current crisis in the Middle East.

92nd Street Y
Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street
$18; 8 p.m.

Managed Care for People with HIV/AIDS
Community Service Society will offer a workshop featuring speakers from Gay Men's Health Crisis

105 East 22nd Street, 4th floor
Conference Room 4A
Free; 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

An Evening of Irish Music
A performance by singer/guitarist/actor Ed Deacy

Peninsula Branch
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Free; 6 p.m.

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Planning, Process and Politics: Rebuilding After 9/11
Citizens Union will hold a discussion with architect Hugh Hardy, the Chair of Plan Review Committee, New York New Visions; Alex Garvin, Vice President for Planning, Design and Development Corporation; and Robert Yaro, President of Regional Plan Association and Chair of the Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York.

The Sky Club
Met Life Building
200 Park Avenue (entrance on Vanderbilt Avenue)
$30 Regular, $20 Citizen Union Members, $45 for membership and one admission
RSVP to 212-227-0342
[email protected]

Women at Work, Women at Leisure in American Art
A gallery talk with Dana Pilson.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Free with Museum admission; 3 p.m.

Managing Up: How to Forge an Effective Relationship with Those Above You
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Art Deco Midtown
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Meet at the Urban Center
457 Madison Ave. at 51st Street
$12; 11 a.m.

Start with Art
A family program for children ages three through seven and their adult friends

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Uris Tiered Seating, Uris Education Center, ground floor
Free with Museum admission; 3:30 p.m.
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March 22

Man and the Supernatural in the Precolumbian World
A gallery talk with Lauren Ebin

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Free with Museum admission; 11 a.m.

A session on how to decorate Easter eggs, drawing upon Ukrainian traditions

Queens Public Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Free; 11 a.m.

Understanding Modern Art: Monet to Matisse
A gallery talk with Nelly Silagy Benedek

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Free with Museum admission; 11 a.m.

The Past and the Future of the World Trade Center Site
Walk through the area of the World Trade Center will be followed by a discussion about the history of the remaining buildings, the scale of devastation and the future developments; led by architectural historian Francis Morrone

Meet at the S.E. corner of Broadway and Park Row, across the street from St. Paul's Chapel
$15; 2 p.m.

A Tribute to America's Greatest Composers
A performance of ballads, show tunes and instrumental classics from American entertainers like Duyke Ellington, Count Basic and Charlie Parker.

South Ozone Park Branch
128-16 Rockaway Boulevard
Free; 2 p.m.

Battling Back Against Cutting Back
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The Great Hall, Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue
$15, $5 for seniors/students; 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

How Do I Start A Charter School?
A conference sponsored by the New York Charter School Resource Center

Southgate Tower Suite Hotel
371 Seventh Avenue (corner of 31st Street)
Free; 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

March 23

Man To Man: Spicing Up Your Life
Jonathan Flaks, Philip Luloff, MD and Howard M. Shapiro, MD will hold a  discussion about important aspects of men's emotional and physical health.

92nd Street Y
Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street
$22; 2 p.m.

Towers in the Park: Public Housing in New York
A tour of seven public housing projects built over a twenty-five year period (from Stuyvesant Town to Chinatown)

Meet at the N.E. corner of 1st Ave. and 14th St.
$15; 11 a.m.

Pride, Assimilation, and Dreams: African-American Images in the 1930s and 1940s
A lecture by Richard Powell, professor of Art and Art History at Duke University.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Free with Museum admission; 3:00 p.m.



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