Dear Boston Mamas, do you know of any St. Patrick's Day parades downtown or in the metro-Boston area? It's our first year here and we'd love to take our 2 year old to a parade!
Thanks for writing in! I adore the spectacle of parades, but since I've been assuming that I'll either be in labor or recovering with a wee one (my due date is St. Patrick's Day), admittedly, I haven't been thinking too much about parades for this weekend!
However, clearly others have and there will be plenty of celebration to be had in the Boston area! I did a little hunting around online for you -- here are a few thoughts:
1. Amazingly, there's a website dedicated to collecting information about St. Patrick's Day parades around the world. Check out the Boston page for details, but in short, the Boston parade will take place this Sunday (March 20) at 1pm in South Boston. If you scroll down, there are also listings for parades in Abington, Yarmouth, Holyoke, Lawrence, Scituate, Worcester, and Manchester, NH.
2. If you'd like to enjoy a pint with the crowd (we've found pubs to be remarkably kid-friendly...and often times we're just stopping in for a snack), here's an impressive listing of Irish pubs in the Boston area.
3. And (no doubt because I'm itching to get back to running with my secondhand jogging stroller) those who'd like to burn some calories before enjoying a pint can participate in a run this week. The South Boston St. Patrick's Day road race takes place on Sunday, March 20, and there are a number of other fun runs/walks happening Thursday to Sunday in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Interested runners can visit the Cool Running race page and select "Massachusetts" via the "By Location" search engine on the left side. The results will return options spanning different distances (e.g., 5K, 10K, 4-5 miles) and towns (e.g., Somerville, Woburn, Holyoke, Marshfield, Lynn).
I hope this information is helpful Amy! Enjoy the holiday!
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