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St. Patrick's Day Guide

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Please note: Out of an abundance of caution, the 2020 St. Patrick's Day parade has been canceled.


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.

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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