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South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade: What to know

Nation’s most prominent St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts promptly at 1 p.m. on March 17

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South Boston’s 118th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will commence promptly at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. And unlike last year, when a late-winter snowfall caused city officials to shorten the route, this year’s will follow a longer meander through the neighborhood.

That is because the weather is supposed to be sunny and in the mid-40s, and no snow is forecast for the few days ahead of Sunday.

The parade starts at the Red Line’s Broadway Station, and then goes down West Broadway to Perkins Square, and then along East Broadway to P Street. From there, it’s on to East Fourth Street to K Street, then to East Fifth Street to G Street. From G Street, it’s on to Thomas Park to Telegraph Street. From there, the parade starts to wrap up via Dorchester Street, Andrew Square, and Dorchester Avenue.

Confused? Don’t be. The parade’s organizer, the Allied War Veterans Council, has a handy map of the route.

As for getting to the parade, the T is probably the best option besides walking or biking. Take it to either the Andrew or the Broadway stops of the Red Line. The T’s trip planner can help you plot your approach and getaway.

And, as for where to view the parade once you’re there, pretty much anywhere along the route will do, but the most room will probably be found along both sides of West Broadway. Also, the parade’s organizer kindly asks that you dress appropriately—partial nudity is a no-no—and refrain from overt political demonstrations.

Also of note: There is a St. Patrick’s Day road race that starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday, before the parade. Runners will commence at 230 West Sixth Street.

Finally, here are the street closures that will be in effect for much of the day Sunday, per the city. Again—the T, or biking or walking are probably your best bets.

  • Dorchester Avenue, Both sides, from Gillette Park to Old Colony Avenue, and Both sides, from Dorchester Street to Damrell Street
  • Foundry Street, Both sides, from Greenbaum Street to Dorchester Avenue
  • West Second Street, Both sides, from Dorchester Avenue to A Street
  • A Street, Both sides, from Binford Street to West Second Street
  • Binford Street, Both sides, from A Street heading northwesterly to end at 45 Binford Street
  • West Fourth Street, Both sides, from A Street to Dorchester Avenue
  • West Broadway, Both sides, from Dorchester Avenue to Dorchester Street
  • East Broadway, Both sides, from Dorchester Street to P Street
  • P Street, Both sides, from East Broadway to East Fourth Street
  • East Fourth Street, Both sides, from P Street to K Street
  • K Street, Both sides, from East Fourth Street to East Fifth Street
  • East Fifth Street, Both sides, from K Street to G Street
  • G Street, Both sides, from East Fifth Street to #96 G Street
  • Thomas Park, Both sides from G Street to Telegraph Street
  • Telegraph Street, Both sides, from Thomas Park to Dorchester Street
  • Dorchester Street, Both sides, from Telegraph Street to Dorchester Avenue
  • West Sixth Street, Both sides, from F Street to Dorchester Street
  • F Street, Southeast side (Boys & Girls Club side), West Sixth Street to Bowen Street