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By Scott Roberto / March 13, 12:00 AM
Southie on Parade

 

One of the biggest celebrations of Irish-American pride in the country returns once again when the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes over the streets of South Boston on March 19. Hundreds of thousands of green-clad revelers line the streets to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint, as well as Evacuation Day, a local holiday marking the driving of the British from Boston on St. Patrick’s Day in 1776. Floats, marching bands, local celebrities, politicians and more depart from the starting point near the MBTA’s Broadway stop on the Red Line around 1 p.m. and proceed down West Broadway to East Broadway before ending at Farragut Road near Marine Park. (Note: this route is a shortened version of the usual parade route due to the recent blizzard and the expected snowfall this weekend.) And the best part is that you don’t even have to be Irish to enjoy this grand spectacle that has been an annual tradition since 1901.

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