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Boston has the highest percentage of Irish ancestry in the U.S. With over 21% of the population being Irish, it hosts one of the largest and oldest St.Patrick's Day celebration in the country, which is held since 1901. Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade takes place on a Sunday that is the closest to March 17 and attracts about one million spectators. It is held in South Boston, the city's most Irish neighborhood. You can expect colorful floats and huge crowds dressed in green, lining both sides of the parade route. Hundreds of bagpipes, brass marching bands, military units, dancers, historic Minutemen companies, politicians, and musicians participate in the procession.
The annual Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade starts at 1 p.m. on West Broadway and takes revelers to P Street, East 4th Street, K Street, East 5th Street, G Street, Telegraph Street, and Dorchester Street. It ends at Andrew Square. Lincoln, Capo, and Loco Streets (West Broadway between F and Dorchester Street) are good spots to watch the parade that usually lasts for over two hours.
In addition to the Saint Patrick's Day Parade, there are several y other events worth attending, like The Peace Parade sponsored by Veterans for Peace. Most Irish pubs in Boston also offer plenty of specials on this day. Don't forget to try some corned beef with cabbage and grab an Irish breakfast!