Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will again be shorter this year, mimicking last year’s route that was reduced due to snow-clogged streets.
Mayor Walsh has announced that the parade will follow last year’s truncated path that was approximately half of the parade’s traditional three-mile distance, MassLive reported.
“After consulting with [Police] Commissioner Evans, I have decided that it is in the best interest of public safety, while balancing the historic tradition of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, to use the same route that we did last year for this year’s parade,” Walsh said in a statement quoted by MassLive.
Police Commissioner Evans indicated that the shortened route allowed for fewer instances of disorderly conduct and required 150 fewer officers, the Boston Globe reported.
“Public safety is our overwhelming reason for doing this,” Evans said to the Globe. “It really cut down on some of the craziness in the neighborhoods. … People overwhelmingly wanted us to come back with that route again.”
The parade, Boston’s 115th, will begin at 1 p.m. on March 20 at the intersection of West Broadway and Dorchester Avenue and will continue onto East Broadway until Farragut Road, MassLive added.