Entertainers in Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade
St Patrick's Day events in Boston include the St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston (locally known as "Southie") - but that's only the beginning of fun things to do.
Join the Dropkick Murphys' rolicking annual House of Blues concert, or visit our famous Irish pubs.
Or explore Boston's Irish heritage along the Irish Heritage Trail, or check out the Irish Film Festival.
You'll quickly see why Boston is considered to be the most Irish of any American city!
Best of all, you'll also get to experience a bit of "real" Boston culture.
Use this guide to find out where and when Boston's St Patrick's Day events are scheduled.
The huge St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston takes center stage on the Sunday closest to March 17th, attracting up to one million spectators.
You'll enjoy the colorful floats, Irish and American pipe and drum bands, and enthusiastic crowds.
Just be sure to wear green.
Check the March Boston Event Calendar for the exact date and time.
Photos courtesy of John and Carolina Wilbanks
Get half-price tickets for these top Boston events on St Patrick's Day Weekend - and have more to spend on green beer in Boston's many Irish pubs:
- St. Paddy's Weekend Pub Crawl - Meet at the Hard Rock Cafe - Full price $10; Goldstar $0-$5
- Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Laugh Boston - Full price $25; Goldstar $15
- Harlem Globetrotters @ TD Garden - Full price $68, Goldstar price $37
- Huzzah! Tavern Nights @ Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum - Full price $45; Goldstar $34
- Stand up comics @ Nick's Comedy Stop - Full price $20; Goldstar $0-$10
Boston's most famous Celtic punk rock group, the Dropkick Murphys, spends most of their time touring since becoming so popular, but they always return home to Boston to perform concerts St Patrick's Day at House of Blues, near Fenway Park.
Needless to say, the Dropkick Murphys' rollicking performances sell out quickly, but if you're a fan, you'll want to catch one of these concerts.
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If you're going to South Boston for the big St Patrick's Day Parade, head over to West 6th Street to cheer on the runners of the St Patrick's Day 5K Road Race, where the first lucky 600 runners to register will be wearing the official long-sleeved race shirts designed by the Dropkick Murphys, one of the race's sponsors.
The South Boston Boys and Girls Club sponsors this race, run each year since 1940. Entrants are capped at 1,750 - so early registration is advised.
The race starts and ends at the South Boston Boys and Girls Club at 230 West 6th Street in South Boston, and follows a 5K (3.1 mile) course.
Check the Boston Event Calendar for March for the exact date and time.
Photo courtesy of South Boston Boys and Girls Club
Enjoy this feisty Irish step dance performance to get you in the mood for this favorite Boston holiday:
Boston has the best Irish pubs in the world, outside of Ireland - and almost as many to choose from. Thanks to the large number of Boston residents who hail from the Emerald Isle, you'll hear plenty of Irish accents on both sides of the bar in many of these pubs.
Needless to say, St. Patrick's Day is a huge event at Boston's Irish pubs . . . expect Irish music, dancing, green beer, and week-long celebrations.
Almost every Boston neighborhood has several or more Irish pubs - the Italian North End and Chinatown are the only 2 exceptions that come to mind.
Although many of these pubs feature live Irish music at least some of the time, almost all of them bring in terrific musicians around St. Patrick's Day.
Use our guide to Boston Irish pubs to find a spot to celebrate St. Patrick's Day - and be sure to wear green!
A St Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan - Boston's famed radio host welcomes top musicians at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge - March 19-20
The Burren - Traditional Irish music 7 nights each week - plus special Irish sessions, open mics, Irish step-dancing (normally the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month), and appearances by Brian O'Donovan (host of "A Celtic Sojourn) and other Irish music stars. Look for plenty of corned beef and special Irish music all day on St Patricks Day, March 17 @ The Burren, Davis Square, Somerville. Check the Burren's website for more info
The Black Rose - Irish musicians perform here (160 State Street, Downtown Boston, next to Faneuil Marketplace) every night of the week, and often on Saturday and Sunday afternoons as well. If you've ever experienced the pleasure of a trad session in Ireland, you'll come close to finding the same thing here, along with plenty of Irish craic. The menu features a few Irish specialties, and of course plenty of Guinness at the bar. You can find the current schedule on the Black Rose's website.
If you're planning some serious St Patrick's Day celebrating at one or more of our fine Boston Irish pubs, a reservation at a nearby hotel means you'll have no worries about getting home or finding a non-celebrating designated driver.
Best strategy: Think about where you'll be at Last Call, and make a hotel reservation nearby. Here are a few suggestions for hotels in several Boston neighborhoods rich with Irish pubs where you might find yourself at the end of the evening:
Hotels close to Irish pubs around TD Garden
Hotels close to Back Bay pubs
Hotels near Irish pubs in Fenway Park
Cambridge hotels near Irish pubs in and around Harvard Square
Enjoy corned beef and cabbage plus other delicious food, dance a jig to live music by Boston-area Irish and rock bands, and sample Harpoon and UFO brews featuring Celtic Ale.
This fun event takes place in the South Boston Waterfront at Harpoon Brewery, the biggest brewery in Boston. Wander among the huge tanks inside, or enjoy Boston Harbor breezes outside under the big circus tents.
More information: Boston Events for March
Boston is the most Irish of all American cities, with almost a quarter of all Boston residents claiming at least some Irish ancestry in the 2000 U.S. Census.
Boston's Irish Heritage Trail celebrates the contributions of the Irish immigrants and their descendents to the city and the nation over the course of 3+ centuries. The Trail starts at the beautiful Rose Kennedy Rose Garden in the North End, stretches across more than 3 miles of Downtown Boston and Back Bay, and ends at Fenway Park.
Walking along the self-guided Irish Heritage Trail is a popular St Patrick's Day activity. If you decide to do this too, you'll visit statues, monuments, and buildings ranging from multiple statues of Irish politician James Michael Curley to the moving Boston Irish Famine Memorial to the Massachusetts State House.
The Irish Heritage Trail also takes you past many of Boston's other famous sites and attractions, so it doubles as a way to tour a large swath of the city. More about the Irish Heritage Trail
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For a more global immersion in all things Irish, hop onto the T's Red Line and head to over to Somerville for the Boston Irish Film Festival, featuring Irish films, films about Ireland, and films that explore what it means to be Irish in the 21st century.
Afterwards, of course, you can stop by one of our Boston Irish pubs for some great music, a great meal, and perhaps a Guinness.
Of course a Boston Celtics game is not just a St. Patrick's Day event - but what better way to show your Celtic spirit than dressing in green and cheering for the home team at a game in TD Garden?
Check the Celtics' home game schedule for March.
And remember to wear green!
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