Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums
Among the marchers this year is the world-famous Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums, which has played around the world and is one of Boston's favorite Irish bands.
The parade also celebrates Evacuation Day, which occurred on March 17, 1776, when General John Sullivan aimed cannons from South Boston's Dorchester Heights down into Boston Harbor, forcing the British to evacuate the city of Boston. It was a turning point in the Revolutionary War.
The tradition started in March 2001, on the 125th anniversary of Evacuation Day, and South Boston held a number of patriotic events to commemorate the anniversary. But it quickly doubled as a St. Patrick's Day celebration too, since that date traditionally falls on March 17.
For year round details on Boston's Irish-American community, visit IrishBoston.org.
For visitor information go to MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.