Your guide to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Slainte from Southie. ☘️

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 has the largest Irish population of any US city, so it’s no surprise that this South Boston Allied War Veterans Council event typically draws ~1 million spectators.

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

  • The parade is Sunday, March 19 at 1 p.m. Last year’s route was shortened, but the full 3.5-mile route from Broadway Station to Andrew Square returns this year.
  • Pro tip: Take the Red Line and avoid trying to pahk ya cah on busy streets. There’s also a free MBTA shuttle running from South Station.

Bonus: Each year, Southie residents compete to become the “Mayor of Southie’’ by raising the most funds for the parade. Let’s tip our caps to Greg Lally, this year’s honoree.

Can’t make it? Don’t be green with envy — the festivities will be broadcast live on NECN.