Many anxiously wait all year for this Irish-inspired holiday. That’s right, we’re talking about St. Patrick’s Day and of course, the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Did you know that Boston is considered to be the “capital” of Irish America? It’s Irish community has roots in colonial times and is still going strong today.
Whether you’ve attended the parade before, or are going for the first time, you probably have some questions about the event and day of logistics.
South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade is owned and operated by local Veterans. To understand the significance of their involvement, it’s necessary to know the history of St. Patrick in Boston. You can learn more on the official South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade website.
This year, the parade takes place on Sunday, March 20th and starts at 1:00pm. Some cities have parades that preceed St. Patrick’s Day, but this event ensures that you can keep celebrating even after it’s over.
What’s the route for the 2016 South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade?
The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at West Broadway and continues to East Broadway, and eventually comes back to end at Dorchester Avenue. The full route can be viewed on the official parade website. There are plenty of great spots to get a good view, but make sure to get there early for the best vantage point. Locals recommend a spot along Broadway.
Where should I park?
Best bets for parking are on the outside of the parade route. A few ideas:
- Near the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
- Near the Boston Children’s Museum
- Near Boston Common
Search Parkwhiz for any and all available spots along the parade route!
What’s there to do afterwards?
If you don’t want the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade to be the end of the day’s celebrations – no worries! There’s plenty to do. A few best bets:
- Check out Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail. Get in a healthy walk (or bike ride) as you explore historical spots of special significance to the Irish community
- Enjoy a Celtic music performance nearby in Cambridge, MA
- View the Irish Massachusetts events calendar for special events throughout March
There are many pubs and bars ready to receive parade-goers before and after festivities, as well!
Though March 20th isn’t St. Patrick’s Day, it is the day of the incredible South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Don’t miss this chance to keep the St. Patrick’s Day spirit through the end of the week.
Will you be attending the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade late this March? Let us know in the comments!