This year, St. Patrick’s Day (or Leprechaun’s Day, as my son calls it) falls on a Saturday, making it a fun weekend for the entire family to celebrate.

The most famous Boston event for St. Patrick’s Day is the parade.  The St. Patrick’s Day parade in ‘Southie’ is one of the oldest, biggest and most raucous of all the parades celebrating the Irish in the U.S. This year, it is scheduled for Sunday, March 18th, starting at 1 p.m. Crowds are large. The parade attracts as many as one-half million if the weather is warm, so plan to get your spot early. Starting at the “T” stop at West Broadway, the parade winds its way through the most Irish of neighborhoods in Boston. You’ll see bagpipers, dancers, musicians, floats and representatives of all the 32 counties of Ireland.

For more details, call 627 268-7955 or visit southbostonparade.org.

Other family-friendly events over the weekend include:

The 2012 Irish Festival at Patriot Place (March 17, 2012)

St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Barefoot Books in Concord (March 17, 2012)

Special St. Patrick’s Day activities at the Children’s Museum of Easton (March 16, 2012)

 

 

Photo credit: Adam Pieniazek on Flickr