ENJOY THE PARADE: Boston Plans for a Safe and Festive Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend

Photo courtesy of southbostonparade.org

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William B. Evans encourage Saint Patrick's Day parade-goers to celebrate responsibly. Saint Patrick’s Day, and in particular Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, have historically shown a large increase in patrons at licensed premise establishments. Throughout the holiday weekend, the Boston Police Department will increase patrols focusing on the parade route, calls for service, and these drinking establishments. The public and local business owners should be aware of the following:

  • The Boston Police Department will strictly enforce compliance to all alcohol laws. Public drinking, providing alcohol to minors, and open containers of alcohol in public will not be tolerated.
  • On the day of the parade, all package stores in South Boston will close at 4:00 PM.
  • Pouring establishments (Sec. 12 licenses) will not admit anyone after 6:30 PM, alcohol service will end at 7:00 PM, and all patrons are to be off the premises by 7:30 PM.
  • Do not engage in negative behavior such as fighting, throwing beverages, or destroying property.
  • If you are hosting a party along the parade route, YOU are responsible for your guests.  Please refrain from unsafe rooftop viewing.
  • Do not bring backpacks or large purses and bags to the parade.

The parade will begin at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Please be aware that the parade route is abbreviated. The parade starts on West Broadway at Dorchester Avenue (easterly), runs the length of West Broadway to East Broadway, and concludes at Farragut Road.

Residents and visitors to the city should be aware that the weekend’s festivities and street closures will impact MBTA transportation, as well as pedestrian and vehicular traffic and parking.

We would like to remind everyone that this is a family-friendly event and should be celebrated in a responsible manner.  Mayor Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner Evans wish you a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!