If you weren’t in the Boston for St. Paddy’s Day, you missed out—that is, if you weren’t in South Boston for its annual parade the day before St. Patrick’s Day.

I was lucky enough to make it to Irish Pride central last Sunday for the parade, so if you couldn’t make it to Southie, here’s a little play-by-play of what you missed.

Drunk people

Lots and lots of them. It is a parade celebrating the Irish after all, what else is expected


Along with the thousands of drunk college students (and native Southies) roaming around Broadway Street were the many six-packs of Bud Light that followed. A walk through the Broadway Red Line T stop saw many a crushed PBR or Budweiser.

Boston cops

Where there are drunk college kids, there are cops. And the St. Paddy’s Day Parade was surely no exception. I don’t think I’ve ever seen more cops patrolling a Burger King parking lot than I did at the Burger King on Broadway and D Street. I saw more cops giving out tickets to college kids with open bottles than I see them giving out parking tickets in Harvard Square.

No Mayor Walsh

Big in the news was Mayor Walsh’s announcement that he would not be attending the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Walsh, in a press release a week before the Parade, stated that he would be boycotting the Parade over anti-gay discrimination.


I’ll leave the interpretation up to you, but whether you’re thinking about the color that represents Irish Pride, or the plant with a distinct smell, there was a lot of green represented in Southie.