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Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Grace Muliero

When St. Patrick’s Day comes around every year, so does the beloved tradition in Boston: the St. Patrick’s Day Parade located in South Boston. With its long-held history over almost 120 years, this parade is a great way to celebrate and express your spirit. However, what does the St. Patrick’s Day Parade entail? On the Sunday that falls the closest to St. Patrick’s Day (luckily this year it fell on St. Patrick’s Day itself) Boston has something for everybody: live music, whether that be bagpipes or bands, floats giving out all sorts of goodies, and most importantly, an energetic crowd to keep the day exciting. From old to young, everyone can find something to enjoy at the Boston parade. Last year, South Boston drew in about a million visitors for the parade. Along with multiple outdoor festivities, people can enjoy St. Patrick’s Day indoors in Boston as well. That might mean stopping at an authentic Irish pub or taking part in observing Irish history right in Boston, through trails such as the Irish Famine Memorial or Irish Heritage Trail.

So how did this exciting tradition start? The St. Patrick’s Day Parade’s origin started in 1737 and was created to celebrate unity and togetherness resulting from the Irish immigrant community in Boston. To honor their heritage, immigrants came together to celebrate their unique culture and honor their homeland. Not only does this parade signify St. Patrick’s Day, but it also signifies Boston being one of the first cities to ever celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in North America. Today, thousands of people come together to not only celebrate the Irish immigrants who came to Boston in the 18th century, but to also recognize Irish culture as a whole. Unlike Boston locals or those traveling, not everyone can make it to the parade in person; because of this, the Boston St. Patrick’s Day caters to these needs as the parade is aired on multiple stations such as NECN or streaming platforms such as Peacock. So while not everyone might want to or be able to physically participate in the parade fun, everyone is still able to enjoy or become involved with this fun tradition in other ways.

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Fiona McCally
Fiona McCally, Staff Writer

Fiona McCally is a junior at Bishop Feehan and in her second year of writing for ‘Rock Report. She is involved in many other clubs such as psychology club, St. Vincent de Paul Club, and more. Fiona likes hanging out with friends, dancing, and listening to music.

Grace Muliero
Grace Muliero, Editor-in-Chief/Staff Writer
Grace is a senior at Bishop Feehan High School and this is her fourth and final year writing for the ‘Rock Report. She takes part in many activities on campus including theater, STEM Club and Sr. Pat Sunshine Club. While on her off days, Grace enjoys reading, baking and sewing. Grace is thrilled to be serving as Editor-in-Chief for the ‘Rock Report during the 2023-24 school year.

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