Enjoy the Parade: BPD Reminds Community to Have a Safe and Happy St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans encourage St. Patrick's Day parade-goers to celebrate responsibly. St. Patrick’s Day, and in particular St. 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 20, 2016. The parade starts on West Broadway at Dorchester Avenue (easterly), turns left onto East Broadway, right onto P Street, right onto East 4th Street, left onto K Street, right onto East 5th Street, left onto G Street, right onto the southerly arm of Thomas Park, left onto Telegraph Street, left onto Dorchester Street, and ending at Dorchester Avenue.

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 Commissioner Evans wish you a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!