In a sure sign of spring despite this winter’s whallop of snow, the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day festivities will be a jam-packed Sunday, March 15, so long as mother nature cooperates.
As of this paper’s publication, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, put on the South Boston Allied Veterans Council, will be held on Southie’s snow-clogged streets on Sunday, March 15.
This is the first year an LGBT-affiliated ground has been allowed to march in the parade’s 114 year history. As such, more groups and elected officials will march in the parade, including St. Patrick’s Day breakfast host State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry.
In December, the veteran’s council voted 5-4 to allow LGBT veterans organization OutVETS to march in this year’s parade.
“I just think any veteran, whether they are gay or straight, they served our country and served in military and put themselves in harm’s way. They should be given opportunity to march in the parade,” said Ed Flynn, son of former Boston mayor Raymond L. Flynn, was one of the five votes in favor of the LGBT veterans, in a previous interview in December.
The parade begins at 1 p.m. and winds through South Boston, beginning at the Broadway T Station. The parade route travels from West Broadway to East Broadway, to East 4th Street, down 5th Street, around Thomas Park, down Telegraph Street and down Dorchester Street to Andrew Square.
Regardless of the weather, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast will go on as planned at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The three-hour fete hosted for a second year by Dorcena Forry highlights Irish and Irish-American culture and is a must-attend event for the state’s leading political figures. Beginning at 9 a.m., it will be broadcast in its entirety on NECN, New England Cable News. Jim Braude of “Broadside with Jim Braude” will return to conduct interviews and host the broadcast with analysis from NECN’s Allison King and news anchor Latoyia Edwards.
Breakfast attendees will likely include Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, US Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, Attorney General Maura Healy, State Auditor Suzanne Bump and Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins, according to campaign organizers. The South Boston elected delegation will all participate in the event, organizers added.