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Saturday, March 17, 2012

South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade is Sunday, March 18

Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums

The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston takes place on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., starting at the beginning of West Broadway at Dorchester Avenue, proceeding through the neighborhood, and ending up at Andrew Square.  See the parade route here.

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.

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