What you need to know about Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade – WBUR News

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The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is back in South Boston Sunday, returning to its traditional 3.5-mile route.
The neighborhood, a longstanding Irish enclave, has hosted the parade since 1901. The parade also celebrates Evacuation Day, marking the day when British troops left the city for good during the American Revolution on March 17, 1776.
Massachusetts might be the second-most Irish state in the country, but Boston is still ranked the number-one city in America to celebrate the Celtic festivity. The weekend highlights include four nights of the Dropkick Murphys‘ iconic Irish-inspired music and a South Boston Boys and Girls Club Road Race.
Here’s what you need to know to plan your weekend:
The St. Patrick’s Day Road Race (11 a.m. kickoff): The 5k begins at the Boys and Girls Club on West Sixth Street at and ends at noon and follows the parade route.
The St. Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day Parade (1 p.m. kickoff): Begins at the Broadway T station (red line), moves along West Broadway to East Broadway, before making its way around the Medal of Honor Park and ending at Andrew Square.
Expect closures during both the 5k and parade.

Parking restrictions will be in place on the following streets starting as early as 5 a.m.:
Parking restrictions for the race start at 9 a.m. on these streets:
The MBTA has an online guide for getting to and from the parade using public transport. Extra MBTA staff and police will be present at MBTA stations throughout the day.
Jacob Garcia Newsroom Fellow
Jacob Garcia is a newsroom fellow at WBUR.
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