Free family-friendly events in Boston for St. Patrick's Day 2018
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St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with parades and family-friendly events in Boston, Mass., a city rich in the history of Irish immigrants.Kids and adults will have fun dressing in green and taking part in the festive gatherings honoring the patron saint of Ireland. 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 18 @ 1 p.m.
South Boston, Boston, MA 02127

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Boston, MA with one of the most historic and famous of the Irish celebrations in the U.S. The parade will attract up to a million spectators, many of whom will be dressed in emerald green, to see the bagpipes, elaborate floats, marching brass bands, Irish step dancers, military units, historic Minutemen companies, politicians, entertainers, floats, horses, and community organizations. The parade will step off at the Broadway T station and will march over three miles until it winds around to Andrew Square, where it will end.  Plan to take public transportation, as parking in South Boston will be hard to find.

Saint Patrick’s Parade Cape Cod
March 10 @ 11 a.m.
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

The theme for the 13th Annual Saint Patrick’s Parade is “The Movies of Ireland.” Thousands of spectators will gather to enjoy marching bands, music, veterans, scout troops, Clydesdale horses, politicians, pipe bands, colorful characters, and local organizations. The parade will be family friendly and will be free to attend.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lawrence
March 10 @ 1 p.m.
Lawrence, MA 01840

The theme of this year’s parade will be “Love, Loyalty, & Laughter.” The parade will step off at Essex and Amesbury Streets and will travel down Amesbury St. by the Claddagh Pub over the Central Bridge onto Parker St. and will turn left onto Salem St., left onto Market St. and end at Market and Osgood Streets.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Providence
March 10 @ 12 p.m.
Providence, RI 02903

Kids and adults will have fun watching the marching bands, bagpipers, dignitaries, color guard, military, police, Irish step dancers, colorful characters, and more. The parade will step off at Smith and Rosebank Streets and end at the Rhode Island State House.

Newport St. Patrick’s Parade
March 17 @ 11 a.m.
Newport, RI 02840

The 62nd Annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at the Newport City Hall, through Washington Square, down Thames St. and end at St. Augustine’s Church. The parade will last about two hours and will include pipe bands, marching bands, fife & drum corps, re-enactment units, police and fire units, scout troops, organizations, and more. The entire family will have fun watching the parade honoring Irish heritage.

Note: The following events are not free, but they are still fun…

Boston Flower and Garden Show
March 14-18 @ 10 a.m.
Seaport World Trade Center, South Boston Waterfront, Boston, MA  02210

Spring is coming and it is time to plan your garden and landscape, or just to enjoy the displays at the Boston Flower and Garden Show. This year’s theme will be “Savor Spring” and there will be beautiful flowers, landscaping tips, and ideas for urban agriculture, and even a beekeeping exhibit.  Admission will be $10-$20, free for children five and under.

St. Patrick’s Day 5K Race in Southie
March 18 @ 11 a.m.
Edgerley Family South Boston Boys and Girls Club, Corner of F & 6th Streets, South Boston, MA 02110

The St. Patrick’s Day 5K Race will take place a couple of hours before the St. Patrick’s Parade in South Boston. The crowd will cheer on about 1,750 runners in this race that has a long tradition because it was first held in 1940. The race benefits the Edgerley Family South Boston Club’s Keystone Teen Leadership Program. Registration to run is currently $25.