1000s Attend St. Patrick’s Day Parade In South Boston

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – If you like marching bands and bagpipes, Broadway in South Boston was the place to be on Sunday for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

People watched floats, a Chinese dragon, politicians, and even a green Elvis parade by.

“We think it’s fabulous. It’s Christmas in Southie. We love it,” said a Weymouth woman in Southie for the festivities.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports.

The 110-year old parade in South Boston began around 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Authorities vowed to clamp down on excessive drinking to make the event as family-friendly as possible, but a few hundred arrests related to public drinking were reported.

In addition to the traditional parade, there was a new parade organized by groups banned banned from participating in the historical event.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports.

Vietnam War Veteran Patrick Scanlon is the coordinator for the Greater Boston chapter of Veterans For Peace. The anti-war group was denied permission to walk in the traditional parade. Scanlon said it was because they were considered too political.

“Too political for the St. Patty’s Day Parade? Look around at all the politicians. This parade is political from one end to the other,” said Scanlon.

Philip Wuschke organizes the main parade and didn’t want to talk about the decision to keep certain groups out.

“I have nothing to say about that,” said Wuschke. “We’re just trying to run a St. Patrick’s Day parade here and we’re having a good time.”

Earlier Sunday morning, Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray joined Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Sen. Scott Brown, and others at a St. Patrick’s Day leadership breakfast.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez contributed to this report.

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  • Ellen

    Which I was there instead I was at the convention center. nice but not a parade.

  • jaygee

    A beautiful day made it even better. I have never seen so many cars and people in Southie for many years and despite claims of attempts to keep liquor off the streets and out of the hands of minors, the booze was everywhere.

  • Sammied

    I go to the parade every year, great time. The booze was not everywhere, I didn’t see any (only in the bars). Lots of families and lots of fun for all. Another great day.

  • Tri-ped Dave

    I rode my moped microcar in the parade, draped with pictures in memory of my friend, Woburn Police Officer Jack Maguire, killed in the line of duty. Wherever I went, the crowed burst into spontaneous applause and the Boston Police saluted. The outpouring of support and recognition of a fallen hero showed me what makes Southie special, it’s good people. I was honored to be in their presence.

  • Ron

    It was very nice this year w/ great weather. Where I was, though, my side of the street got largely ignored when they tossed beads and candies. The kids were being largely ignored in favor of groups farther up and on the other side. Even when they were coming around directly handing them to people, one poor kid next to me was skipped over nearly every time, but the woman in her 50s and the girl in 20s on either side were visited. Other than that, it was a very nice parade and a great time.

  • Cynic

    Thank You for making the parade the focus of your article and not all the other stuff.

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