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Here's what you need to know for Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade

Spectators hold flags and cheer during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston 2019. (Steven Senne/AP)
Spectators hold flags and cheer during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston 2019. (Steven Senne/AP)

The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade returns to South Boston on Sunday after two years of COVID-19 cancellations.

And with the South Boston Boys and Girls Club Road Race taking place at the same time, get ready for lots of activity — as well as significant delays and closures along the parade and race routes.

To the disappointment of some, this year's route is a little different. Event organizers decided to exclude Dorchester Heights, a pit stop that holds a special place in the hearts of those who flock to the parade to also celebrate Evacuation Day. The local holiday commemorates the historic moment when British troops evacuated Boston in March 1776.

The decision to shorten the route happened weeks ago when the city — and the country — was at the height of another surge brought on by the highly contagious omicron variant. Though COVID cases have since come down and masks are no longer required in public venues, organizers are sticking with the pivot.

Here's the new route and other information if you plan to venture out:

Route, delays and closures

The St. Patrick's Day Road Race: Begins at the Boys and Girls Club on West Sixth Street at 11 a.m. and ends at noon. Expect delays along:

  • West Sixth Street, both sides, from F Street to Dorchester Street
  • F Street, odd side, West Sixth Street to Bowen Street

The St. Patrick's Day/Evacuation Day Parade (1 p.m. kickoff): Begins at the Broadway T station, moves along West Broadway to East Broadway, ending at Farragut Road. Expect closures along:

  • Broadway, from approximately 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

'Do not park' areas

  • Dorchester Avenue, both sides, from Gillette Park to Old Colony Avenue
  • Foundry Street, both sides, from Greenbaum Street to Dorchester Avenue
  • West Second Street, both sides, from Dorchester Avenue
  • A Street, both sides, from Binford Street to West Second Street
  • Binford Street, both sides, from A Street heading northwesterly to end at 45 Binford
  • West Fourth Street, both sides, from Dorchester Avenue to B Street
  • West Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Avenue to Dorchester Street
  • East Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Street to P Street
  • Farragut Road, both sides, from East Sixth Street to East First Street
  • Summer Street, Financial District, Atlantic Avenue to the MBTA bus stop near 245 Summer Street
  • Summer Street, South Boston, East First Street to the end of 776 Summer Street
  • E Street, from West Broadway to Athens Street
  • L Street, from East Third Street to East Broadway

Getting to the parade

The Boston Transportation Department encourages taking the T or biking to the event, and avoiding driving in the area if possible.

More information can be found at the city of Boston's website.

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