1.2 min readBy Published On: March 7th, 2018Categories: News4 Comments on This Year’s Parade: Support the Troops, Vets, and Southie

Written by Katherine J. Igoe

The St. Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day Parade in Southie is less than two weeks away! We know you’re excited. If you’re not ready for the explosion of local pride and Jello shots (is anyone, really?) here’s a handy look at what you might expect.

The parade is community-funded, and the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council (SBAWVC) are making a final push to raise the funds to cover the costs. They need your help: you can donate to the parade fund at the SBAWVC’s Paypal account.

The funds you donate cover the costs of the 150 bands, floats, and other local organizations that wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise. This year, Navy destroyer USS Cole will make a port of call in Boston starting on March 15th. With your help, its Sailors and Marines can march in the parade. Your donations also buy the essential infrastructure required of the largest parade in New England and the third largest in the entire U.S. With an expected crowd of a half-million onlookers…port-a-potties. Lots of port-a-potties.

The parade generates a ton of revenue to benefit our community, so any size donation helps. Let’s make the 117th Southie parade the best one ever! For more parade details, you can visit the SBAWVC website or reach out directly to its commander, Dave Falvey. Be sure to follow them on twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all the latest!


  1. Not so New to the Hood March 6, 2018 at 10:56 am - Reply

    and the LGBTQ community….don’t want another mishap like last year….very embarrassing! It’s 2018!

    • Katherine J. Igoe March 7, 2018 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      That’s definitely important to Dave Falvey, the SBAWVC’s new commander. You can read more about it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/06/20/south-boston-vets-council-elects-new-leader/IMxhTI5OByKQCegovIzT2H/story.html

  2. Greg Murphy March 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    It is time that this tradition goes the way of the Dodo Bird. We don’t need our neighborhood turned into a giant urinal every march.

  3. SBHS class of 1969 March 11, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Greg; I agree, this charade has turned into nothing more than a bunch of drunks ( who know nothing about tradition) piling into our neighborhood and causing havoc. If anything their should be a designated area for family’s with children. I think up on Broadway from “L” street to FARTAGUT ROAD. The reason for that area is the drunks generally don’t wander up that far. Strickly enforced by police who tell the fools family only.

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