Parking/Traffic Advisory

Here’s the scoop on the parking/street closing situation on Parade Day in Southie.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, as well as the South Boston Boys and Girls Club Road Race, will be held in South Boston on Sunday, March 18, 2018.  The parade and road race will result in street closures and traffic detours in South Boston and reduce on-street parking availability.  Those coming into South Boston for the festivities are strongly encouraged not to drive their personal vehicles.  Information on Blue Bikes, the regional bike share system, may be found at , and information on the MBTA may be found at  For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises riders to purchase a round-trip rather than a one-way ticket.

The parade will take place beginning at 1 PM on West Broadway at the Broadway MBTA Station and ending on East Broadway at Farragut Road.  Broadway will be closed to traffic from approximately 10 AM to 4 PM.

The road race will begin at 11 AM on West Sixth Street at the Boys and Girls Club and will end at Noon.  Traffic will be delayed along the route as runners make their way to the finish line.  The route will be from West Sixth Street to Dorchester Street, right onto East Broadway, down and around the Farragut Statue at Day Boulevard, to East Broadway, right onto West Broadway, left onto E Street, left onto West Sixth Street, ending at the Boys and Girls Club at #230 West Sixth Street.

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday and Sunday” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows.

  • West Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Avenue to Dorchester Street
  • East Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Street to Farragut Road
  • Farragut Road, both sides, from Columbia Road to East First Street

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Sunday” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows.

  • Dorchester Avenue, both sides, from Gillette Park to Old Colony Avenue (Staging Area)
  • East First Street, both sides, from Farragut Road to O Street
  • West Sixth Street, both sides, from F Street to Dorchester Street
  • F Street, Boys and Girls Club side, from West Sixth Street to Bowen Street

DCR Parking Advisory: Resident Parking for South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

All vehicles not displaying a South Boston resident parking sticker will be asked to exit the Castle Island parking lot before 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. Due to parking restrictions created by the parade, DCR will accommodate vehicles with valid South Boston resident parking stickers at Castle Island from 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, through 10:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19. After 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 18, the lot will open to parking for all visitors.

The Castle Island parking lot will be staffed overnight through Sunday. All vehicles will be checked for South Boston Resident Parking Stickers between 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 7:00 a.m. Sunday. Non-resident vehicles will be allowed to park at Castle Island after 7:00 a.m. on Sunday. All cars will be allowed to park overnight on Sunday into Monday, March 19th. Normal Castle Island parking restrictions return on Monday, March 19th.

DAY BOULEVARD Parking, Shore Road

Beginning at 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening, parking will be allowed on both sides of Day Boulevard between the Bayside Expo Center and Farragut Road. Certain areas will be posted no parking on the day of the parade and parking rules will be strictly enforced. As always, do not park near fire hydrants, crosswalks, in handicap spots, or in intersections. Additionally, parking at curb cuts, on grass areas, sidewalks, and other pedestrian areas including double parking, will result in the issuance of parking tickets and fines. The Sugar Bowl parking lot opposite Marine Park will be closed to parking as of Saturday, March 17, at 10:00 p.m. No parking will be allowed in the Sugar Bowl lot until after the event on Sunday, March 18th.

Additionally, Shore Road between Farragut Road and Day Blvd. will reverse direction and be one-way traffic only (eastbound) from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

(per discretion of the Massachusetts State Police)

WHEN: 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018 – 10:00 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2018

WHERE: Castle Island Parking Lot OPEN to vehicles with valid South Boston Resident Parking stickers at 7:00 p.m. Saturday until 10 p.m. Monday.

Castle Island open to parking for all visitors Sunday, March 18, at 7:00 a.m.,

Day Boulevard, both sides, parking allowed: from Bayside Expo Center to Farragut Street from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on SUNDAY only.

Sugar Bowl Parking Area CLOSED from Saturday, March 17 at 10:00 p.m. to Sunday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.