Aby-a-Day – March 18: The Wearing of the Green

One day a year, our neighbourhood goes just a little bit crazy.




Every year, on the Sunday closest to St. Patrick’s Day, all the rest of Boston descends on Southie for Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


Even St. Patrick himself showed up!


Bet you’ve never seen an Irish Viking before, have you?


This police officer really got into the spirit of things. He even dyed his mustache green!


There were plenty of dogs watching the parade (including our neighbour, Arthur the Puggle), but I’m pretty sure Jake was the only cat in attendance.


This was the first time since living in South Boston that I decided to brave the crowds and go downstairs to see how bad it really was. Since it was an incredibly nice day (the best we’ve had so far this year), I took Jacoby with me.


(Thanks to the random paradegoer who took this photo of us!)


He did very well with all the people; the thing he cared for the least was the drums.


I have to say, though, that he was rather bemused by the crowd outside his front door.


It looks like he’s telling those damn kids to get off his lawn, doesn’t it?


Our building is at Ground Zero for the parade; the driveway between our building and the (pardon the expression) green building next door is used as one of the staging areas for the parade.


However, being at the start of the parade route means that if you’re trying to go somewhere in Boston away from Southie, it’s fairly easy to get out of the area (as long as you’re walking, not driving). Because it was such a warm spring afternoon, I took Jake out to the Harborwalk for our first trip to the park.


The street in front of the Welder’s place and Gillette’s parking lot are other staging areas for the parade.



Jake and I saw these Irish Setters getting ready for the parade when we cut through the parking lot on our way to the park.


Once we got past Gillette, the Harborwalk and the parks (we went to Wormwood and Binford) were remarkably quiet and empty considering the weather.


We had a wonderful time outside today.


Angel, too, celebrated St. Patrick’s day, in her own way.


She watched the parade live, on television!

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