Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017

Don't Miss South Boston's Famous St. Patrick's Day Parade

Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade
••• More than a half-million people gather each year for Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Media photo courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

It's no surprise that Boston is a great place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day—in fact, WalletHub named it one of the top three cities to celebrate the holiday, based on a mix of parties, pubs, and affordability. The parade itself is a South Boston tradition that dates back 116 years as of 2017! Here are the details you'll need if you plan to experience the Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2017.

When is Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade?

For 2017, the St.

Patrick's Day Parade is scheduled for Sunday, March 19: two days after St. Patrick's Day. It also just happens to be the last day of winter! Spring officially arrives on Monday, March 20. The parade is the largest of the many St. Patrick's Day events held in and around Boston each year.

Where is the Parade Held?

The St. Patrick's Day Parade is held in South Boston (a.k.a. "Southie"), the city's most Irish neighborhood.

What Time Does the Parade Begin?

The St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston begins at 1 p.m.; it typically runs for about two and a half hours.

How Many People Attend Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade?

An estimated 600,000 to 1 million people attend the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston each year. You'll need to arrive early to stake out a viewing spot along the parade route. Wear green if you want to fit in!

Where is the Best Place to Watch the Parade?

The parade begins at the Broadway MBTA station and ends at Andrew Square.

Your best bet for viewing the parade is to stake out a spot anywhere along Broadway. This map shows the Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade route.

What Will We See?

Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade features dozens of bagpipe and marching bands from Ireland, Boston and across the United States, plus colorful floats and more.

Can I Get to the Parade Without Having to Drive and Park?

Yes--Take "The T," Boston's subway. You'll want to take the Red Line to either the Broadway "T" station or the Andrew "T" station. Driving in from west of the city? Here's how to Park on the Mass Pike and Take the T Into Boston.

Can I See Photos of Past St. Patrick's Day Parades in Boston?

Of course. From, here is a look at past parades from the 1990s, the 1980s, the 1970s and even the 1960s. The official St. Patrick Day Parade Web site also shares a gallery of images of Southie's biggest day of the year.

For More Information About Visiting Boston for the St. Patrick's Day Parade:

Call the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau toll-free at 888-SEE-BOSTON.

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