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St. Patrick's Day Guide

Clickable graphic for St. Patrick's Day parade guide. A swirl of green, resembling a clover.

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 steps off at Broadway Station on March 17 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.

Parade Route

Getting to and from 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.

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 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.