Are you looking for a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Boston? If so, you sure won’t be disappointed. After all, St. Patrick’s Day is a magnificently celebrated holiday in Boston, and here is a look at just a few of the ways you can celebrate the Irish in Boston this year.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Perhaps the most popular way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Boston is the annual parade, which takes place in South Boston. With Irish immigrants first settling in South Boston in the early 1800’s, the year 2015 marks the 115th anniversary of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade taking place in the city. Featuring colorful floats, performers, pipe and drum bands and marching bands, the parade represents all things Irish. The biggest of Boston’s annual parades, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade includes at least 100 organizations and over a thousand marchers each year.
The parade takes place on Sunday, March 15th. It starts at 1:00 pm and typically lasts three hours. The route for the parade begins at the Broadway T stop and continues along Broadway to P Street before turning back up E. 4th Street. It then turns left at G Street before moving to E. 5th Street at K Street. The parade then circles around Dorchester Heights on Telegraph Street before going to Dorchester Street. It finally heads west to Andrew Square, where the parade ends.
Dropkick Murphys Concert
Every year, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrate in style at the House of Blues with a performance by the Celtic punk rock group, the Dropkick Murphys. While the band has become so popular that it maintains a rigorous touring schedule, they always return to Boston to perform at the House of Blues near Fenway Park. These performances cell out quickly, so be sure to purchase tickets as soon as possible. Concerts will take place March 12th through the 15th.
Irish Heritage Trail
The Irish Heritage Trail consists of a variety of historical landmarks associated with Irish artists and heroes. While the trail is divided into three sections, 20 of its sites can be explored in downtown Boston and Back Bay. This stretch of the trail is only 3 miles long. If you want to cover the entire trail, you can explore more than 50 additional landmarks scattered throughout Boston’s neighborhoods and nearby cities and towns.
Irish Pubs and Dancers
For many, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be the same without visiting some Irish pubs or watching some Irish dancers as they perform. In Boston, you will find plenty of Irish Pubs to explore, and Irish dancers can be found performing at Faneuil Hall Marketplace on St. Patrick’s Day.
Irish Film Festival
The Irish fun continues after St. Patrick’s Day with the 15th Annual Irish Film Festival. Taking place from March 19th through March 22nd at the Somerville Theatre at Davis Square, the festival celebrates and promotes global Irish cinema. The festival has grown to be the largest event of its kind aside from those that take place in Ireland itself. The festival provides educational opportunities for filmmakers while also providing exhibits and awards.