Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Boston
If you a native Bostonian you’ve been to your fair share of St. Patrick’s Day parades, parties, and events over the years. But if you are new to the area this year and will be celebrating your first St. Patrick’s Day here in Boston you are in store for a real treat! St. Patrick’s Day is a city-wide holiday here in Boston (technically it’s Evacuation Day
), which is why Boston is one of the most Irish cities in America.
The South Boston Parade
While Saint Patrick’s Day parades have been held in Boston since 1876, the parade through South Boston is the biggest one of them all. The South Boston St. Patrick’s Parade
is listed as the second largest parade in the country, being viewed by nearly 600,000 to one million people every year; in addition to having the entire parade seen on live TV. To get to The South Boston Parade from the Devonshire you just need to catch the Red Line at Park Street Station. Be warned that it’s going to be a very crowded train ride to and from the parade, so leave plenty of time to get there!
St. Patrick’s Day Road Race
Just a few hours before the streets of South Boston are filled with bagpipes and drum corps, the streets are filled with runners in the St. Patrick’s Day Road Race
. The St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race kicks off at 11am from the South Boston Boys and Girls Club at 230 West 6th Street in South Boston. This race first started back in 1945 and the first 600 entrants are given official long-sleeved race shirts designed by one of the race’s most famous sponsors, the Dropkick Murphy’s.
Sponsorship money and donations raised by the marathon racers goes to support South Boston youth programs.
Walk Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail
The Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail tour
meets at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common and departs at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 15th, Sunday March 16th, and Monday March 17th. You’ll discover the role the Irish played in the Revolutionary War, learn about the 19th century famine that drove millions of Irish to America (Boston in particular), and the Irish’s role in the Civil War. Also learn about famous and infamous Irish politicians from the Boston area – from Curley and White to Collins and the Kennedy’s – who put their indelible stamp on the history of the city.
See the Dropkick Murphy’s at House of Blues
The Dropkick Murphy’s are actually from South Boston (and supporters of the aforementioned road race) and the band that put Celtic-punk rock music on the map with “Shipping Up to Boston
.” Every St. Patrick’s Day these Boston-natives come home to play the House of Blues
. The show is at 7 PM on Sunday, March 16th.
Harpoon St Patrick’s Festival
Harpoon has a brewery in Boston’s Seaport District and every St. Patrick’s Day weekend they throw a big festival
. There is no RSVP required and guests can pay the cash entry fee at the door. Drink Harpoon Celtic Red, eat your fill of corned beef and cabbage, listen to traditional Celtic music, and more! Check out photos from past festivals
to see what you are in for!
Be sure to bust out your green this St. Patrick’s Day and see Boston in its full Irish flair!