If you’ve been looking forward to spring for months, great news: it’s finally here. Or at least, it’s almost here. The Spring Equinox falls tomorrow—earlier than it has in more than 100 years! In the northern part of the world, the equinox can fall any time from March 19th to the 21st, but it’s typically on the 20th or 21st. What does this mean? Simply that we will start to enjoy longer days even earlier this year. The Spring Equinox is the longest day of the year, when the day and night are just about “equal.” And this happens all across the globe. To celebrate the Spring Equinox, consider rising with the sun tomorrow or push back dinner a bit so you can enjoy the sunset. What are you looking forward to the most about the spring season?
The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade/Evacuation Day honors two different aspects of Boston history. Most obviously, the parade celebrates and commemorates the Irish-American heritage of one of Boston’s most prominent immigrant groups. Second, the event remembers the night of March 4, 1776, when Colonel Henry Knox heroically transported 59 cannons more than 300 miles to overlook Boston Harbor, thereby winning an important strategic advantage for the American revolutionaries (causing British troops to evacuate the city). Together, these two events form the basis of Boston’s popular St. Patrick’s Day parade today, which has been veteran-organized and veteran-led for many years. This year,the parade is scheduled for March 15 at 1 p.m., starting at the Broadway "T" station, and proceeding on Broadway all the way to Farragut Road in South Boston. The parade will feature bagpipers, Irish dancers, marching bands, veteran groups, local politicians, and more.