St. Patrick’s Celebrations in Boston
If you can’t be in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, Boston is the next best place to be! The city attracts thousands of visitors primarily for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston and also for other events throughout the week.
Here is a sampling of some of the St. Patrick related events in and around Boston:
The JFK Library and Museum
Saturday, March 14
John F. Kennedy, 35th president, may well be the most famous Irish American. March is a perfect time to visit the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum’s main exhibit galleries are closed for upgrades through mid-March 2015, so call ahead to verify what will be on view. On Saturday, March 14, the JFK Library hosts a performance by the Irish Balladeers. This free performance is for families with children 5 and up, and attendees must pre-register by completing this online form. For more information, call 617-514-1600 or toll free, 866-JFK-1960.
114th St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 15: 1:00pm
Join nearly 1 million Bostonians on the streets of South Boston aka “Southie” to the largest St. Patty’s Day parade in and around Boston and is the second largest parade in the country! The parade begins at the Broadway MBTA station and continues along to conclude at Andrew Square. Get into the complete Irish spirit with dozens of bagpipe and marching bands from Ireland, Boston, and across the U.S., colorful floats, leprechauns and more! Visit the official parade website for additional information and maps www.southbostonparade.org.
Irish Film Festival Boston
Thursday, March 19 – Sunday, March 22
Celebrate the city’s Irish heritage at the 15th annual Boston Irish Film Festival which will take place over four days from Thursday, March 19 to Sunday March 22 at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square. Since its start in 1999, the festival has quickly become the largest event of its kind outside of Ireland as it provides exhibition, distribution and educational opportunities for filmmakers in addition to honoring their work. Visit www.irishfilmfestival.com/ for more information.