The official Boston Saint Patrick’s Day parade began in 1901. However, the first known Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Boston took place in 1737. It also happens to have been the first known Saint Patrick’s Day parade in the world. Even Ireland did not have a parade that early in history of which we are aware. Over time, the parade has grown to be a procession of festivities, music, dancing, majestic horses, displays of skill and displays of discipline.
In 2012, the Boston Saint Patrick’s Day parade begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. It begins on West Broadway, heads down East Broadway and then goes down 4th all the way back to Dorchester Street. This takes it by Dorchester Heights. There are numerous places from which to view the parade along the way. However, the city attracts thousands of visitors for the parade and many locals come out to see it.
Tips for viewing the Boston Saint Patrick’s Day parade:
<li>Come to Boston early, especially if you live outside of town and must travel by car or public transit.</li>
<li>Bring spending cash for drinks and various party favors, if possible. There are lots of vendors.</li>
<li>Pack a lunch or eat lunch before leaving, if cash is tight. Restaurants fill up and vendors can be overpriced. Also, it is just as hard to get out of the city as it is to get in, so going on an empty stomach is a bad idea.</li>
<li>Bring strollers for small children so they do not have to be carried through the crowd.</li>