St. Patrick's Day parade Boston
Get ready to party at the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston. Photo by Getty Images

The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston is almost here, which means it's time to dig into your closet to find your best green outfits.

The annual festivities also happen occur on the same day as Evacuation Day, which commemorates the expulsion of British military forces from the Hub during the American Revolutionary War. So really there are two great reasons to celebrate and sip on green beer.

Get a head start on making plans with our guide to this year's St. Patrick's Day in South Boston.

Updated with information on possible parade route changes


When does the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston start?

While St. Patrick's Day falls on Saturday, March 17, the parade will take over Southie the following day on Sunday, March 18. The fun is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m., but it's always a good idea to get there early in order to find the best spot to catch all the action.

Military marching units are scheduled to line up by 11 a.m. at the James A. Kelly Bridge, while floats will be lined up at the same time on Dorchester Avenue.

What is the route for the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston?

Thanks to the recent snowstorm, there's a bit of controversy around this year's parade. In hopes of keeping "residents safe at all times," Mayor Marty Walsh announced on Wednesday that the festivities would utlizie a special snow route that starts at Broadway Station and ends at Farragut Road, as opposed to the longer, traditional route around the neighborhood.

The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which organizes the parade, isn't exactly happy with the mayor's decision and is discussing options to try and restore the traditional route in time for the parade.

"This stuff always happens at the third hour," parade organizer Tim Duross told Metro. "We're weighing out our options."

Make sure to check online for the official, final decision on the route before heading to the festivities on Sunday.

What are the rules for the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston?

Organizers do have a few rules for anyone who wants to watch or participate in the parade through Southie. It's best to avoid politics during the festivities as political protests will not be tolerated. Vulgar language, either spoken or on a written sign, is discouraged as well. Proper attire is also required, as anyone who exposes themselves or wears something offensive will be ejected from the venue and possibly banned from attending the St. Patrick's Day Parade in the future. Appropriate costumes are encouraged, though.

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