St. Patrick's Day draws more than 600,000 visitors to Boston with it’s history of Irish traditions. So, unless you’ll be travelling to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day, Boston might just be the best place to be. Here are some local favorite St. Patrick's Day festivities:
South Boston Parade
This St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of the oldest Irish parades in the country, being celebrated since 1901. The parade begins at the Broadway 'T' Station and ends at Andrew Square, in South Boston. The best viewing locations for the parade are along Broadway. Marchers continue to Telegraph St to Dorchester St ending at Andrew Square.
(Sunday, March 17; Parade starts 1 p.m. at the Broadway Station.)
It's a St. Patrick's weeklong tradition! Boston's own Dropkick Murphys do a string of hometown Celtic rock shows at the House of Blues with The Interrupters, Stop Calling Me Frank, Booze & Glory, Amigo The Devil, and Lenny Lashley. The group will be back in full force for St. Patrick’s Day weekend with four nights of shows, along with a boxing tournament and a rare acoustic show on the eve of St. Paddy’s.
(Thursday, March 14 through Sunday, March 17 at 6 p.m.; House of Blues; $35-$75; all ages)
The Irish Heritage Trail
Every March the Boston Irish Tourism Association provides guided walks of the Irish Heritage Trail. Walk in the footsteps of Irish immigrants and their descendants along Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail, comprised of 20 landmarks and over 200 years of Irish history as you explore Boston from the Fens to Faneuil Hall.
(Boston Irish Tourism Association offers 75-90 minute guided tours that begin again in March 2018; Self-guided trail maps can be obtained at 139 Tremont Street.)
And of course… grab a Guinness at a local Irish Pub!
M.J. O'Connor's - 27 Columbus Ave
Opens at 9am & will be serving Irish Breakfast. Throughout the day stop by to enjoy live music & step dancers. Food specials start on Thursday, March 14
LIR - 903 Boylston St
Lir on Boylston Street is a friendly Irish pub in the heart of Boston's Back Bay.
The Black Rose - 160 State St
The Black Rose will continue its tradition of serving a full Irish breakfast and opening the bar at 8 a.m. followed by a live set of traditional Irish folk from Ireland native Christian McNeill.
Mr. Dooley’s Tavern - 77 Broad St
Around since 1882, this one-room bar is a perfect historic establishment in which to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and will no doubt be crowded the whole weekend.
J.J. Foley's Cafe - 117 East Berkeley Street
The South End restaurant started serving a special St. Patrick’s Day menu of bangers and mash, traditional Irish bacon and cabbage, homemade Shepherd’s pie, and beer-battered fish and chips earlier this week. The doors will open Saturday at 10:30 a.m.