Where to watch the parade

The parade starts at Broadway Station and ends at Andrew Square.   It begins at 1pm.

The route will take marchers from West Broadway to East Broadway and then back through Southie from East Fourth to East Fifth up around Thomas Park and end at Andrew Square.

The block of Lincoln, Capo and Loco (West Broadway between F and Dorchester Street) is a good spot!  Plus you have access to three amazing restaurants that will be serving up plenty of food and drink!

If you head down the hill, the block between I and L is a great spot.  The Playwright will be open and so will the Broadway.   Between K and L, Roza Lyons will also be open and a great spot to grab some food and drink! 

For all you history buffs, head up to Thomas Park near Dorchester Heights – it’s actually an Evacuation Day Parade celebrating the day the British evacuated Boston!

Not a Bad Seat in the House

There really isn’t a bad place to watch the parade. The key is getting a spot early and then guarding your territory. Along West and East Broadway the streets are wide and there are lots of bars and restaurants along that route. So if you don’t have an open house to go to, that area might be best for you.

Come Early

The key to enjoying the parade is to get to your spot early (especially if you have small kids with you who will want to actually watch the parade). Or you can do what my Aunt Peggy does and hold a spot with some folding chairs and an Irish Knit blanket and then go back to your open house. I’m not condoning this practice and I’m always surprised when we head to the corner and see that nobody has moved her spot holder. Maybe it’s because if they did move it, they’d have to deal with the crazy that was bold enough to hold the spot in the first place.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!