The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade/Evacuation Day Returns March 15
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.