Spurred on by the rowdy cheers of thousands gathered along sidewalks, marchers in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade wound their way through South Boston Sunday afternoon in an event that historically celebrates the city’s rich Irish roots and more recently salutes inclusivity.
And, yeah, turns a neighborhood into one big party.
Kicked off with a fusillade of ceremonial musketfire from a group of Lexington Minutemen and a billowing cloud of green, orange, and white confetti, the parade was led by local political leaders as the procession marched under a large American flag held aloft by a pair of Boston Fire Department trucks at the corner of West Broadway and A Street.
“I love the atmosphere, the noise,” said Joey Navarro, 19, of North Billerica, as he hoisted a large Irish flag over his shoulder. “No one is negative here; it’s just good vibes.”