On Sunday, March 18, the proud participants of the Allied War Veterans Council-sponsored parade will take to the streets in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Floats, marching bands and even local politicians will be part of the procession that winds for three miles through South Boston, highlighting the neighborhood’s Irish heritage.
The parade begins at 1:00 pm on West Broadway, near the “T” station. The route travels to East Broadway, then down East 4th to 5th Street, and along Telegraph and Dorchester Streets, ending at Andrew Square. To catch a good view of the festivities, claim a place on Broadway. You’ll have more than two hours of music and other entertainment to keep you engaged, with plenty of kid-friendly amusement (clowns, Star Wars characters, etc.) as well.
St. Patrick’s Day, an official holiday celebrated on March 17th in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, commemorates the death of Saint Patrick, a saint who appeals to both the Roman Catholic and Protestant Irish communities. Saint Patrick is a patron saint of Ireland who is said to have used the three-leaved shamrock as a visual means to explain the Holy Trinity, upon the introduction of Christianity to the Irish. St. Patrick’s Day is now pretty much a secular celebration of Irish culture observed throughout the global Irish diaspora.
Over 100 cities across the United States hold St. Patrick’s Day parades. U.S. News and World Report has rated South Boston’s as the number one St. Patrick’s Day parade in the entire country!
South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is even related to colonial history. On March 17, 1776, the Continental Army, under the command of General George Washington, forced the British to end their occupancy of the city. The army troupes had amassed cannons on Dorchester Heights, frightening the enemy, who then left town. As the story goes, the password for anyone trying to pass through the Continental lines was “St. Patrick.” And, in 1901, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade held here explicitly marked the 125th anniversary of the ouster of British forces from Boston.
Close to a million spectators and participants are expected to take part in South Boston’s parade this year. And, starting at 2:00 pm, following the same route, there will be a St. Patrick’s Day Peace Parade — a people’s parade for peace, equality, jobs, and social and economic justice coordinated by the Greater Boston chapter of Veterans for Peace. Be sure to get in on the fun of both!
Photo by ID 090315-N-8110K-011 of the US Navy.
Blog post by the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate Team.