UPDATE: The St. Patrick’s Day parade has been cancelled due to the ongoing situation surrounding the coronavirus. Other events on this list may be affected—if you’re unsure, please call ahead to confirm.
Every March, countless corners of Boston turn into little shamrock-packed cities, filled with festively-decorated bars and scores of locals—Irish and non-Irish alike—looking to party like they’re in Dublin. Sport your finest shamrock and deck yourself in green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Boston-style, at these epic parties and events, including the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the one-and-only Southie.
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When is St. Patrick’s Day in Boston?
This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
What is St. Patrick’s Day in Boston?
St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17, the date marked by the death of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s most celebrated patron saint. The festivities surrounding this date specifically commemorate Saint Patrick, and the subsequent arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
Where is the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade?
The parade takes place in South Boston on March 15 at 1pm. It starts at West Broadway and Dorchester Ave, continues along West Broadway to East Broadway, then turns and heads back west, ending on Dorchester Ave.