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Boston is one city where you would certainly expect to find a
parade St Patrick's day parade given the large influence the Irish
heritage has had on the origins and development of the city, and
they certainly don't disappoint with the South Boston parade being
widely recognised as the second largest in the country, coming in
only behind New York City with an audience of an estimated 1 million
taking to the city's streets to mark the occasion.
The Boston parade has the benefit of being shifted to the Sunday of the weekend prior to St Patrick's day itself (where the day doesn't fall on the weekend already obviously) and this means work and school conflicts are minimised and more people are free to come out and enjoy the day unencumbered. The parade, known locally as Southie's annual wearing of the green, isn't one of the oldest, tracing it's origins back to 1901, but it has certainly grown quickly in the intervening years.
The weekend timing also means a better trade for the local bars, and Boston has a number of Irish bars and hostelries that support the parade and will provide a warm welcome to any visitors on parade day. These include Shenannigans Irish Pub, STATS Bar and Grille, Amrheins Restaurant, Playwright Restaurant and Bar and the Boston Beer Garden.
The Boston St Patrick's Day parade route is as follows:
Start on West Broadway
East 4th Street
East 5th Street
Southerly Arm of Thomas Park
Ends at Dorchester Avenue
You can see a map of the complete parade route here:
Parade route map
The parade's official site is promising TV coverage of the event,
which we would assume will be by one of the local networks. We'll
keep an eye out for the details and post them here once they are
confirmed. Hopefully it will be a station with an online channel so
there will be a live stream available too.
In the meantime, you can watch coverage of previous years parades on the ever-reliable Youtube, giving an excellent idea of what the day is all about:
Boston St Patrick's Day videos
Another underrated resource is also to tune in to some of the local webcam views, taking you onto the city's streets throughout the parade weekend:
If you are planning on being in Boston for the weekend prior to St Patrick's day then it is advisable to secure your accommodation well in advance to get the best choice. Boston has an excellent range of hotels across all budget ranges.
You'll find a full range of accommodation to choose from, search and check availability for local hotels here.
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