COVID stops St. Patrick’s parade again, but some festivities go on

A police officer high fives a spectator at the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2019. (Photo by Aaron Ye/BU News Service)

For the second year in a row, Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has been canceled due to the pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean Bostonians won’t be celebrating one of their favorite holidays. Here are some safe ways you can join in on the St. Patty’s day celebration.

Haverhill Exchange Clubs Online Celebration

The Haverhill Exchange Club’s 19th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be broadcasted on Channel 22 and live-streamed on Facebook this year at 10 a.m. on Wednesday There will be live music, awards, and live drawings for $100 worth of Shamrock Baskets and a $1,000 giveaway. Tickets for an event box can be purchased for $40 as well which includes Haverhill promotional items, scratch tickets, and more. The proceeds from the event will go to benefit the prevention of child abuse and other Haverhill programs.

Dropkick Murphy’s Live Concert

While the annual Dropkick Murphys’ concert at House of Blues won’t be happening this year, they will be live-streaming a St. Patrick’s Day concert at 7 p.m. on the holiday. The event will be live-streamed through There is no charge for tickets, but the group is asking for donations.

Old Colony YMCA Drive-Through St. Patrick’s Day Event

As an alternative to the usual St. Patty’s parade, Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton is hosting a drive-through event with St. Patrick’s themed displays and performances on March 19. Volunteers will be lining up their cars with decorated trunks in the YMCA parking lot and handing out treats and activities for the cars that pass by. The event starts at 5 p.m. and will occur in 30-minute time blocks. Tickets are $10 for nonmembers.

St. Patrick’s Day Road Race

Southie’s St. Patrick’s Day Road race is going virtual this year so you can choose whichever way you want to tackle your 3.1 miles, whether that’s running, walking, rowing, or on a Peloton. Registration is $15 and goes towards supporting the Edgerly Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club’s youth development and teen programs. While you can choose any day to participate, running on St. Patrick’s Day is encouraged.

Taking the Pub Home

Usually, St. Patty’s day is spent in a red or green walled pub with live music drinking Guinness from the tap, but COVID doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the traditional Irish food and drink. Many restaurants are offering takeout kits so you can bring the pub to your home this year.

While most Irish pubs in Boston do offer delivery, some great places to check out with special kits for the holiday are: Dunn Gaherin’s in Newton, City Works in Watertown, The Beehive in Boston, Sola’s Irish Pub in Boston, The Burren in Sommerville, Mr. Dooley’s in Boston and even Anna’s Taqueria for a one of a kind corned beef and cabbage burrito.  For just the drinks check out Harpoon Brewery’s St. Pat’s Fest Kits or Emmets Irish Pub’s Takeout Toast Kit.


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