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History of South Boston's St. Paddy's Day Parade

Bostonians pioneered St. Patrick's Day celebrations in North America on March 17, 1737, uniting to honor their Irish roots and the patron saint of Ireland. Initially held downtown by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the festivities later shifted to South Boston in 1901, coinciding with the area's strong Irish presence and historical significance as the site of the evacuation of British troops in 1776. This relocation led to a fusion of St. Patrick's Day and Evacuation Day commemorations, symbolizing both Irish heritage and military service. 

Notable Boston St. Patrick’s Day Events in 2024: 

March 15-17: “Kiss Me I’m Irish” St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl March -  6:00 PM

March 16: Shamrock Showdown: The Ultimate St Patrick’s Bar Crawl- 11:00 – 9:00pm

March 17:  Cannonball’s Café St. Patrick’s Pre-Parade Party 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

March 17: Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade - 1:00 PM


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