Things to do in New York City this weekend

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A New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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    St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is considered the oldest and largest in the world. The parade runs up 5th Avenue from 44th to 79th Streets and celebrates Irish culture, as well as the Catholic faith. It begins at 11 AM and ends at 5 PM, but can also been watched live on NBCNewYork.com. Visit www.nycstpatricksparade.org for more information, including how to get seats in the grandstands.

    Sober St. Patrick’s Day: The St. Patrick’s Youth Center at 268 Mulberry Street is hosting a Sober St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 from 4-7 p.m. Open to all ages, the ticket includes light food, coffee, tea and soft drinks. General admission is $25, students and seniors $20 and children under 10 are $10. Enjoy traditional Irish music, dance, song and comedy. For more information, visit www.soberstpatricksday.org or email [email protected]

    Architectural Digest Home Design Show: Looking to redo your home? The Architectural Digest Home Design Show lands at Piers 91 and 94 from March 16-19. More than 400 brands will be on hand to inspire. Take in design seminars, special appearances from the best in the business and culinary demonstrations. Shop for furniture, accessories and lighting as well. Tickets are $30. Visit addesignshow.com for more information.

    Coffee and Tea Festival NYC: Caffeine lovers, don’t miss the Coffee and Tea Festival at the Brooklyn Expo Center March 18-19. More than 75 exhibitors will be on hand to provide more than 100 tastings for attendees. Along with tastings, experts will offer seminars from industry pros and food pairings. General admission tickets for one day is $25. VIP tickets are $35, which allows ticket holders to enter the festival two hours early (from 10 a.m. to noon), as well as guarantees them a gift bag. Just looking for samples? The Rush Hour Session is $10 and open from 3-5 p.m.. Visit www.coffeeandteafestival.com to purchase tickets and learn more.

    Gospel Play: On Saturday, March 18, view an inspiring play at the Oberia Dempsey Multi Services Center. “Ready or Not Here I Come” follows three families, observed by their nosy neighbor, Ms. Jenkins, who watches as they choose to accept or reject Christ. The show focuses on choices people make and the consequences of those choices. The play includes music, singing and dancing. It runs from 5-7:15 p.m. www.eventbrite.com/e/ready-or-not-here-i-come-gospel-musical-stage-play-tickets-31422478479 to purchase tickets.

    A New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_liberty-1.jpgA New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)