St. Patrick's Day 2012 is just around the corner and what a better time than to reminisce from last year's celebrations with the craziest photos from the 250th annual St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City.

The parade tradition began in 1762, when the first parade if Irish ex-patriots and military in New York marched on lower Broadway. Since, the parade has become the oldest, biggest and best in the world, according to the official website, as revelers come out from all over the world just to wear green - 82 percent of participants will be wearing the holiday color -- and strut in the parade in New York City.

This year, the holiday falls on a Saturday and will be the 251st annual parade.

The parade starts at 44th street in Manhattan at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick Cathedral. The parade will end at The American Irish Historical Society at 83rd street around 4:30 or 5 p.m. Here's a guide to some of the best viewing spots for the NYC parade.

For now, view the slideshow to see photos of the 2011 St. Patrick's Day celebration in New York City.