Massachusetts is the most Irish state in America, with over 23% of residents claiming Irish ancestry, according to US Census data. Boston is the most Irish city in the state. Needless to say, Saint Patrick’s Day is a big holiday of celebration in Cambridge and Boston.
The cities are flooded with people wearing any shade of green you can think of. Even if there is still snow on the ground, it’ll look like Spring with the amount of green everywhere!
There are lots of fun annual Saint Patrick’s Day events happening right across the Charles in Boston. Read below to learn about what’s going on to plan the events you want to go to.
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is an annual event hosted by the Allied War Veteran’s Council. A sea of green and gold parade-goers and walkers alike can be seen roaming the streets of South Boston every single year.
Since, 1901 this parade has been a prominent part of South Boston’s history.
This year, the parade is scheduled for March, 15, so long as enough snow is removed from the parade path before the event, keep an eye out in the news for any changes.
The parade begins at 1 p.m. It begins at the Broadway T Stop and proceeds down West Broadway to East Broadway to East 4th, to 5th Street, and around Thomas Park. Marchers continue to Telegraph Street to Dorchester Street and ends at Andrew Square.
Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail
The Irish Heritage Trail is a self-guided, three mile walking tour that takes you through Boston’s downtown, North End, Beacon Hill and Back Bay.
Along the trail, you’ll learn about famous politicians, artists, matriarchs and war heroes, part of a rich tradition of rebellion, leadership and triumph that personifies the Boston Irish.
According to the trail’s website: “You’ll discover the Irish role in the Revolutionary War, learn about the 19th century Famine generation and the Irish part in the Civil War. And you’ll discover famous and infamous politicians – from Curley and White to Collins and the Kennedys – who put their indelible stamp on the history of the city and the nation.”
The tour is sponsored by the Boston Irish Tourism Association, they also provide guided tours if need be. The 75-90 minute walk led by an experienced tour guide takes you on 300 fascinating years of Boston’s unique Irish history and heritage.
Times for Saint Patrick’s Day 2015 guided tours are listed below:
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 2015 @ 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 2015 @ 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 @ 1:00 p.m.