The show must go on, or in this case, the parade. Despite having its snowiest February on record, Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Southie is still on, set to take place on Sunday, March 15, and begin at 1 p.m.
Although the parade is still occurring at its usual time, the route of the parade is being altered. This year the parade will go from the Broadway T stop to Farragut Road. This new route was an accommodation made as a result of the snow and is about half the length of the normal parade.
Clearing the streets for the parade has proven a challenge. City employees provided some assistance, but the effort of volunteers was also essential for clearing away all the snow.
Boston College students planning to attend the parade can take the Green Line inbound and get on the Red Line at Park Street, then take the Red Line outbound to the Broadway stop where the parade begins.
The legend goes that the first St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated in Boston in 1737 with a modest parade put on by Irish immigrants. However, the St. Patrick’s Day parade became more official when Evacuation Day, which took place on March 17, 1776, when the British withdrew from Boston during the Revolutionary War, became an official holiday in 1901.
The password to get through the Boston lines on that day was “St. Patrick” because it coincided with St. Patrick’s Day. Thus, the current parade is tied to both Irish pride and the military victory. The Americans used fake cannons made of hollowed out logs to scare off the British army on that day--the cannons were set up on Dorchester Heights, just blocks from the parade route along East Broadway.
Consistent with the weather that has hit Boston this winter so far, some light snow showers are predicted for Sunday night, but these are not projected to be more than an inch and will likely occur after the parade.