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Your guide to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Slainte from Southie on St. Patrick’s Day

Musicians with bagpipes marching in parade

The parade also honors the day British forces evacuated our city following the siege of Boston.

Photo by Maia Kennedy Photography

South Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day and Evacuation Day Parade is back this weekend — how lucky are we?

Boston was one of the first cities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the US, so it’s no surprise that this event — presented by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council — typically draws ~1 million spectators.


Follow the parade route to find the best spot to watch.

Image via SBAWVC

While you prepare to say “slainte” from Southie, here’s what to know before you go:

  • The parade is on St. Patrick’s Day this year, Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m.
  • The parade route begins at Broadway Station and ends at Andrew Square.
  • Pro tip: Take the Red Line and avoid trying to find parking on busy streets. There’s also a free shuttle running from South Station to South Boston between 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Catch the best views of the parade from one of the many restaurants along the route, or find a spot in the crowds between Broadway Station and L Street — it’s a great place to experience the energy. If you are looking for a less crowded area, check out Medal of Honor Park or Thomas Park.

Can’t make it? Take note of the traffic advisory + street closures in place. Don’t be green with envy — the festivities will be broadcast live 1-3 p.m. on NECN.