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Abington, MA St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Abington, MA’s St. Patrick’s Day parade dates back to 1980, see the history below. .


The St. Patrick's Day Parade should be held on Sunday, March 17, 2024, starting at 1 pm. See the parade's website here for the latest updates.


The Parade starts from ​St. Patrick's Square in Abington.


More about the parade:

The parade

If you'd like to see photos from past years' Abington, MA parades, click here. But the parade is not just an “Irish thing”. According to their website, the parade

The Annual Abington St. Patrick's Day parade started in a rather unusual way. It was as a result of a $10 bet between Jack Bailey and one of his employees. He made a bet that there would be a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Abington on March 17, 1980. His intent was to decorate his trucks drive them around the block and collect his $10. However, word traveled. Then police Chief, Eddie Murphy asked to be grand marshal, he spread the word, got a permit from the Board of Selectmen, and on March 17 a line of over 50 Abington Residents and businesses with decorated vehicles traveled the length of Abington in the first Abington St. Patrick's Day Parade. For many years the parade was held on March 17 regardless of the day of the week on which it fell. All of the mid week parades were entirely motorized. Once the 17th came on a weekend bands were hired and the parade became a marching parade.

The Abington St. Patrick's Day parade allows participants to enter a marching group or create a float

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. And of course, it is traditional to be dressed in GREEN (or orange or white – colors of the Irish flag)!

Transportation and Parking

Mass transit is a great way to get in and out to see the parade.

More information

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


Find the Abington, MA parade's Facebook page here.


Phone: 781-878-1570.


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