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St. Patrick's Day Guide

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For over 100 years, Boston has celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a parade through the streets of South Boston. Up to a million people attend the parade every year—and they arrive early to claim their viewing spots on the parade route.

This year, the parade starts at Broadway station on Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 1 PM. Due to street closures and parking bans in the neighborhood, driving to the parade is not recommended.

We want to ensure your safety while you celebrate—additional MBTA staff and Transit Police will be available at MBTA stations throughout the day. Here are some other things you should know about taking the T to South Boston to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Masks on the T

MBTA character "Charlie" wearing a suit and mask and giving a thumbs up

Riders are no longer required to wear a mask while on the T, except for on The RIDE. The MBTA continues to follow CDC guidelines in encouraging people to wear face masks on public transit. Please respect your fellow passengers' decisions.

See the latest mask guidelines

Take the T to the Parade

The Red Line will be very crowded the day of the parade. Please plan ahead for your trip—you may need to wait longer than usual to get on a train.

Complimentary shuttles will be provided from South Station on the day of the parade.

Parade Route

a map showing the 2022 parade route starting at Broadway Station, going down West Broadway and then East Broadway streets, then ending at Farragut Road by the waterfront
Source: https://southbostonparade.org

The parade will start at Broadway station. Follow West Broadway to Perkins Square and continue onto East Broadway. Follow East Broadway to Farragut Road, where the parade ends.

Visit the official parade website for more information

Paying for Your Trip

We recommend buying your MBTA tickets before the parade to avoid long lines at fare vending machines and ticket windows. Please note that one-way, round trip, and $10.00 weekend passes for the Commuter Rail are not valid for travel on the subway or bus.

Safety and Etiquette

Please follow these guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in South Boston.

If you need to report an emergency, please call 911 or the Transit Police at 617-222-1212.

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Masks on the T

MBTA character "Charlie" wearing a suit and mask and giving a thumbs up

Riders are no longer required to wear a mask while on the T, except for on The RIDE. The MBTA continues to follow CDC guidelines in encouraging people to wear face masks on public transit. Please respect your fellow passengers' decisions.

See the latest mask guidelines

More Guides

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Our user guides can help you learn how to navigate the system, get to local events, use accessibility features, and more.

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Plan a trip

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