Take a look at Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade

Around 1 million people were expected Sunday afternoon in South Boston.

Vehicles in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade make their way along the parade route. Steven Senne/AP

Boston is known for having one of the best St. Patrick’s Day parades around, and this year’s festivities did not disappoint. Around 1 million people were expected to line the streets of South Boston for the big day, Congressman Steven Lynch told NBC Boston.

Despite chilly weather in the 30s, there was still a large turnout.

The parade started at 1 p.m. Sunday, featuring floats, familiar political faces, and plenty of green.

Here’s a look at Sunday’s parade.

Vehicles in Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade make their way along the parade route in South Boston Sunday, March 19. – Steven Senne/AP
Gov. Maura Healey waves to spectators while marching in the parade. – Steven Senne/AP
Healey, City Councilor Michael Flaherty, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and Congressman Steve Lynch were in the parade. – Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe

A bagpipe group from the Boston Police Department headed the parade, which started at Broadway Station on the Red Line. More than three miles long, the parade ended in Andrew Square. It was streamed on NECN.

Members of the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums march during the parade. – Steven Senne/AP

Many traveled to Broadway to get to the parade, and the MBTA offered free shuttle service between Summer Street near South Station and the parade.

Confetti flies at the Broadway stop, also the start of the parade. – Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe
Thousands of people line the parade route. – Joseph Prezioso/AFP

Typically a day for alcohol indulgence, there were some “BORG” sightings at the event. BORG is an alcoholic concoction popular with college students. It has vodka, a caffeinated drink, water flavoring, and liquid IV served in a gallon water jug.


Colleges sent out messages days before the parade, warning students to look out for the beverage.

A man carries a milk jug of liquid labeled Borg at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. – Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe

People gathered on the streets, as well as on home balconies to get a glimpse of the action. Those on the street level might have been lucky enough to get a surprise snack from one of the floats, which was throwing out bags with sausage on a roll.

Spectators watch the annual parade from their windows. – Steven Senne/AP
A girl holds a box of Lucky Charms cereal and stands behind the barricade at the St. Patrick’s Day parade. – Steven Senne/AP
A reveler cheers from a Broadway balcony at the parade. – Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe

People celebrate while riding on a float. – Steven Senne/AP


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