What you need to know about Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade
The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is back in South Boston Sunday, returning to its traditional 3.5-mile route.
The neighborhood, a longstanding Irish enclave, has hosted the parade since 1901. The parade also celebrates Evacuation Day, marking the day when British troops left the city for good during the American Revolution on March 17, 1776.
Massachusetts might be the second-most Irish state in the country, but Boston is still ranked the number-one city in America to celebrate the Celtic festivity. The weekend highlights include four nights of the Dropkick Murphys' iconic Irish-inspired music and a South Boston Boys and Girls Club Road Race.
Here's what you need to know to plan your weekend:
Route and closures:
The St. Patrick's Day Road Race (11 a.m. kickoff): The 5k begins at the Boys and Girls Club on West Sixth Street at and ends at noon and follows the parade route.
The St. Patrick's Day/Evacuation Day Parade (1 p.m. kickoff): Begins at the Broadway T station (red line), moves along West Broadway to East Broadway, before making its way around the Medal of Honor Park and ending at Andrew Square.
Expect closures during both the 5k and parade.
Parking restrictions will be in place on the following streets starting as early as 5 a.m.:
- Dorchester Avenue, both sides, from Gillette Park to Old Colony Avenue
- Both sides, from Dorchester Street to Damrell Street
- Foundry Street, both sides, from Greenbaum Street to Dorchester Avenue
- West Second Street, both sides, from Dorchester Avenue to A Street
- 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 Street
- West Fourth Street, both sides, from A Street to Dorchester Avenue
- West Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Avenue to Dorchester Street
- East Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Street to P Street
- P Street, both sides, from East Broadway to East Fourth Street
- East Fourth Street, both sides, from P Street to K Street
- K Street, both sides, from East Fourth Street to East Fifth Street
- East Fifth Street, both sides, from K Street to G Street
- G Street, both sides, from East Fifth Street to #96 G Street
- Thomas Park, both sides of southerly arm (opposite normal traffic flow), from G Street to Telegraph Street
- Telegraph Street, both sides, from Thomas Park to Dorchester Street
- Dorchester Street, both sides, from Telegraph Street to Dorchester Avenue
- E Street at West Broadway Street on the West Third Street side
- L Street at East Broadway on the East Third Street side.
- Old Colony Avenue at Dorchester Street on the inbound side
Parking restrictions for the race start at 9 a.m. on these streets:
- West Sixth Street, both sides, from F Street to Dorchester Street
- F Street, southeast side (odd side – Boys & Girls Club side), West Sixth Street to Bowen Street
Getting to the parade
The MBTA has an online guide for getting to and from the parade using public transport. Extra MBTA staff and police will be present at MBTA stations throughout the day.