The parade today
About 500,000 people flood South Boston to watch the parade each year.
While the route attracts a sea of green clothing, decorations, and beer, Wuschke said organizers also seek to emphasize the day’s military significance.
“If you ask me, [the parade’s] a military celebration,” said Wuschke, who is a veteran. “If you go and ask anyone who’s a paradegoer, it’s about Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s about both.”