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Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is officially back for 2022

The annual Southie celebration will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

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A crowd watched the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade on East Broadway in 2013. Globe File Photo

Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will return to the streets of Southie after two years of pandemic-related cancellations.

The 2022 parade will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. In previous years, the celebration has brought more than one million parade-goers to area.

A spokesman for Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s office confirmed the March 20 parade date to Boston.com, adding that the city is in the final stages of issuing the necessary permits and licenses to the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council (SBAWVC), the organization behind the annual parade.

SBAWVC president and commander Dave Falvey said in a statement that the organization was “simply delighted and honored” that the 2022 Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade will happen.

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“As the first American city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 285 years ago, we’re simply delighted and honored to be holding the parade again after a very long, two-year absence,” Falvey said in a statement.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the parade will take place on a shorter route, which has been used during years in which the parade was held during inclement weather. The festivities will start at Broadway T Station and will continue down the entirety of Broadway before concluding at the corner of East Broadway and Farragut Road.

“There’s no getting away from the immense strain caused by the pandemic on public health and safety, and this year’s shortened route is a recognition of this,” Falvey said in the statement. “Due to ongoing uncertainty caused by COVID-19, the Broadway route enables us to actually hold a parade after two years away, but also to hold it in a way that makes public health and safety paramount in these difficult times.”

For those who don’t want to make the trek to Southie, the parade will be broadcast live on NECN starting at 1 p.m.

The chief marshal of the 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be Susan McDonough, a South Boston native who served in the US Army from 1994 to 1998 and the Massachusetts National Guard from 2000 to 2002. She currently works for the state as the director of the Women’s Veterans’ Network in the Department of Veterans’ Services.

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Editor’s note: A spokesman for Mayor Michelle Wu’s office initially confirmed the parade permit was approved by the city. After this article’s publication, the spokesman followed up to clarify the permit’s status. This article has been updated to reflect those latest comments.

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