The BPD Thanks Responsible Parade Goers

The Boston Police Department would like to once again thank all those who came out and enjoyed the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston yesterday. The members of the community who celebrated responsibly made the festive day memorable for all. 

During the course of the event, the BPD issued 498 citations for public drinking, five license premise violations, and arrested the following five males:

  • Paul Leahy, 19 of Dedham charged with Disorderly Conduct
  • William Bronske, 18, of Quincy charged with Destruction of Property
  • Jonathan Gentile, 18, of West Bridgewater charged with Affray
  • Andrew Cohoon, 18, of Bridgewater charged with Drinking in Public
  • Joshua Ferris, 24, of Brimfield charged with Disorderly Conduct and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer

All arrestees will be arraigned in South Boston District Court.

“Keeping spectators and participants safe along the route was Mayor Walsh’s and my top priority,” said Commissioner Evans. “Issuing nearly double the amount of citations for public drinking compared to last year evidences the challenges we faced in keeping public order at this family event. I want to thank all of those who braved the cold and came out and celebrated responsibly.” 

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!

Boston Police Remind Residents and Visitors that South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade Will Impact Traffic & Parking

Map courtesy of southbostonparade.org

Map courtesy of southbostonparade.org

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, as well as the annual South Boston Boys and Girls Club Road Race, will be held in South Boston on Sunday, March 20, 2016.  The parade and related events will result in street closures and traffic detours in South Boston and the surrounding area, and reduce on-street parking availability.  Those coming into South Boston for the festivities are strongly encouraged not to drive their personal vehicles.  Information on Hubway, the regional bike share system may be found at www.theHubway.com, and information on the MBTA may be found at www.MBTA.com.  For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises riders to purchase a round-trip rather than a one-way ticket.

The parade will begin at 1 PM on West Broadway at Dorchester Avenue.  All streets along the following parade route will be closed to traffic from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The route will take marchers left onto East Broadway, right onto P Street, right onto East Fourth Street, left onto K Street, right onto East Fifth Street left onto G Street, right onto Thomas Park, left onto Telegraph Street, left onto Dorchester Street, ending at Dorchester Avenue.    In addition, Dorchester Avenue, from Gillette Park to Old Colony Avenue, will also be closed to traffic for parade related purposes.

The road race will begin at 11 AM on West Sixth Street and will end at Noon.

The route will take runners to Dorchester Street, right onto East Broadway, down and around the Farragut Statue at Day Boulevard, to East Broadway, right onto West Broadway, left onto E Street, left onto West Sixth Street, ending at the Boys and Girls Club at #230 West Sixth Street.

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Sunday” temporary parking restrictions will be in effect as follows:

  • E Street at West Broadway on the West Third Street side
  • L Street at East Broadway on the East Third Street side
  • Old Colony Avenue at Dorchester Street on the inbound side
  • Thomas Park, South Boston High School side, from G Street to opposite #1 Thomas Park
  • Dorchester Avenue, both sides, from Gillette Park to Old Colony Avenue, and, both sides, from Andrew Square to Von Hillern Street
  • Old Colony Avenue, both sides, from Dorchester Avenue to C Street
  • West Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Avenue to Dorchester Street
  • D Street, both sides, from West Broadway to Cypher Street
  • Athens Street, both sides, for 30 feet from the intersection of D Street
  • West Third, both sides, for 30 feet from the intersection of D Street
  • Bolton Street, both sides, for 30 feet from the intersection of D Street
  • West Second Street, both sides, for 30 feet from the intersection of D Street
  • West First Street, both sides, for 30 feet from the intersection of D Street
  • Cypher Street, both sides, for 30 feet from the intersection of D Street
  • East Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Street to P Street
  • P Street, both sides, from East Broadway to East Fourth Street
  • East Fourth Street, both sides, from P Street to K Street
  • K Street, both sides, from East Fourth Street to East Fifth Street
  • East Fifth Street, both sides, from K Street to G Street
  • G Street, both sides, from East Fifth Street to Thomas Park near #96 G Street
  • Thomas Park, both sides, waterside, from G Street to Telegraph Street
  • Telegraph Street, both sides, from Thomas Park to Dorchester Street
  • Dorchester Street, both sides, from Telegraph Street to Dorchester Avenue
  • Southampton Street, both sides, from Andrew Square to the bridge over the Southeast Expressway
  • West Sixth Street, both sides, from F Street to Dorchester Street
  • F Street, Boys and Girls Club side, West Sixth Street to Bowen Street

Enjoy the Parade: Boston Plans for a Safe and Festive 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!

Traffic Advisory: Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Sunday March 20, 2016, in South Boston

Photograph Courtesy of southbostonparade.org

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, as well as the annual South Boston Boys and Girls Club Road Race, will be held in South Boston on Sunday, March 20, 2016.  The parade and related events will result in street closures and traffic detours in South Boston and the surrounding area, and reduce on-street parking availability.  Those coming into South Boston for the festivities are strongly encouraged not to drive their personal vehicles.  Information on Hubway, the regional bike share system may be found at www.theHubway.com, and information on the MBTA may be found at www.MBTA.com.  For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises riders to purchase a round-trip rather than a one-way ticket.

The parade will begin at 1 PM on West Broadway at Dorchester Avenue.  All streets along the following parade route will be closed to traffic from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The route will take marchers left onto East Broadway, right onto P Street, right onto East Fourth Street, left onto K Street, right onto East Fifth Street left onto G Street, right onto Thomas Park, left onto Telegraph Street, left onto Dorchester Street, ending at Dorchester Avenue.    In addition, Dorchester Avenue, from Gillette Park to Old Colony Avenue, will also be closed to traffic for parade related purposes.

The road race will begin at 11 AM on West Sixth Street and will end at Noon.

The route will take runners to Dorchester Street, right onto East Broadway, down and around the Farragut Statue at Day Boulevard, to East Broadway, right onto West Broadway, left onto E Street, left onto West Sixth Street, ending at the Boys and Girls Club at #230 West Sixth Street.

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Sunday” temporary parking restrictions will be in effect as follows.

  • E Street at West Broadway on the West Third Street side
  • L Street at East Broadway on the East Third Street side
  • Old Colony Avenue at Dorchester Street on the inbound side
  • Thomas Park, South Boston High School side, from G Street to opposite #1 Thomas Park
  • Dorchester Avenue, both sides, from Gillette Park to Old Colony Avenue, and, both sides, from Andrew Square to Von Hillern Street
  • Old Colony Avenue, both sides, from Dorchester Avenue to C Street
  • West Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Avenue to Dorchester Street
  • D Street, both sides, from West Broadway to Cypher Street
  • Athens Street, both sides, for 30 feet from the intersection of D Street
  • West Third, both sides, for 30 feet from the intersection of D Street
  • Bolton Street, both sides, for 30 feet from the intersection of D Street
  • West Second Street, both sides, for 30 feet from the intersection of D Street
  • West First Street, both sides, for 30 feet from the intersection of D Street
  • Cypher Street, both sides, for 30 feet from the intersection of D Street
  • East Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Street to P Street
  • P Street, both sides, from East Broadway to East Fourth Street
  • East Fourth Street, both sides, from P Street to K Street
  • K Street, both sides, from East Fourth Street to East Fifth Street
  • East Fifth Street, both sides, from K Street to G Street
  • G Street, both sides, from East Fifth Street to Thomas Park near #96 G Street
  • Thomas Park, both sides, waterside, from G Street to Telegraph Street
  • Telegraph Street, both sides, from Thomas Park to Dorchester Street
  • Dorchester Street, both sides, from Telegraph Street to Dorchester Avenue
  • Southampton Street, both sides, from Andrew Square to the bridge over the Southeast Expressway
  • West Sixth Street, both sides, from F Street to Dorchester Street
  • F Street, Boys and Girls Club side, West Sixth Street to Bowen Street

Boston Police Gaelic Column Perform St. Paddy’s Day Concert for the Kids of the Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton

Today, Thursday, March 17, 2016, members of the Boston Police Gaelic Column stopped by the Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton to share their love of music with the kids and hospital staff in what has become an annual St. Paddy’s Day tradition for the band. As you can see in the photos, it’s almost too tough to tell who was having more fun … the kids or the band.  Said Sgt. Joe Cheevers, “This is easily one of the most important concerts we perform on St. Patrick’s Day. We love seeing the kids and the hospital staff and, for us, seeing the kids smiling, hearing our music, having fun and interacting with the band is what it’s all about. It’s our way of spreading a lil’ St. Paddy’s Day cheer to some wonderful kids and the people who care for them.”    

St. Patrick's Day Parade Scheduled to Step Off This Sunday!!!

The men and women of the Boston Police Department look forward to protecting, serving and supporting all those who attend this Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. The enclosed images were captured during last year’s parade and - as you can see - a great time was had by all.  Looking forward to another successful and safe celebration.