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Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade

Technically, "South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade"

Boston patrick's day paradeBoston’s current St. Patrick’s Day parade dates back to 1901, and has been held continuously . For a complete history of the parade, click here. But Boston’s Irish community held festivities in honor of their homeland and St. Patrick starting on March 17, 1737. They held banquets and parades and then in 1901, the parade moved to South Boston. Over 120 years of South Boston St. Patrick's Day parades. South Boston is a neighborhood that has been historically home to the Irish community, and is also the site of Dorchester Heights, where the evacuation of British troops from Boston on March 17, 1776.


Sunday March 17, 2024, starting at 12:00pm.; The parade starts 1:00 PM EST at the Broadway Station , It's usually on the Sunday after the 17th.


The St. Patrick's Day Parade starts on West Broadway (easterly), left onto East Broadway, Right onto P Street, Right onto East 4th Street, left onto K Street, right onto East 5th Street, Left onto G Street, Right onto the Southerly Arm of Thomas Park, Left onto Telegraph Street, Left onto Dorchester Street and ending at Dorchester Avenue.

View a larger printable PDF version of the Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade Route Map here.

If you want an interactive Google map, so you can get directions to some point along the parade route, click here!

Who is in the parade:South Bostob St. Patrick's Day Parade historical photo

The parade now includes representatives from Boston's Irish groups and is is viewed by more than 1 million live spectators, over a 3.2 mile route. The Boston parade is televised live on NECN, with re-broadcasts and highlights available online.

Attending the parade as a spectator

What to bring

If it is a cold day, bring a warm hat, warm gloves, and warm shoes. For a sunny day, you’ll want to bring sunglasses, suntan lotion, and a hat. The parade goes on rain, shine or snow.

Transportation and Parking

The MBTA subway is a great way to get in and out to see the parade.

More information

Phone: 844-478-7287

If you want more information, such as to participate in the parade or become a sponsor, see the parade's official website here...

Find the Boston parade's Facebook page here.

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