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The South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade

The day is nearly upon us. Boston is about to fall under an Emerald curtain: electric shades of green will flood our city and engorged feelings of Irish-American pride will swell so big that they will spill onto the streets. People everywhere will scream, dance and be full to the brim with liquid cheer.

This is St. Patrick’s Day in Boston. Christmas, eat your heart out.

Even cynics get jazzed about St. Patrick's Day, and there's no better way to celebrate better than hitting up the annual parade. Be sure to stake out a place early for prime viewing. One of our picks for the best spots to watch are at the top of the steepest and most treacherous hill on the route (you try playing your bagpipes up that beast) on East Broadway, between L and M Streets. The other is at Thomas Park on Telegraph Street. With all the green grass and people delicately swearing, it’s practically like being on the Emerald Isle proper.

Of course, you'll want to do a little mid- and post-parade partying, so here are the best spots along the route to do just that. Bear in mind these joints will be crowded, but that's half the fun.

Mul’s Diner
There’s no better way to fuel your sure-to-be exhausting March In The Name of the Dude That Scared the Snakes Away From Ireland than with some eggs and bacon. Stomachs need coating, and no one does it better than this unstoppable AM dream team. Boston isn’t known for its diners, but Mul’s does it right. It’s got that tin can and endless coffee atmosphere we love and respect in a breakfast institution. It’s located at the very beginning of the parade route, so be sure to get there early. 75 West Broadway (617-268-5748)

Maybe you’d like to start with something a bit heartier to nosh on…like a boiled dinner perhaps? Amrhein’s, with it’s prime West Broadway location and its high-quality Irish pub ambiance, is a classic St. Paddy’s posting point. Boiled dinner and a Guinness? Perfect. 80 West Broadway (617-268-6189,

Amsterdam Café

Chances are that by the time you mosey on down to East Broadway, you’re going to need a coffee boost. Or perhaps a fro-yo? Head into the cozy Amsterdam Café and get the energy you need to surge on (or a cup of the strong black stuff to sober you up). 483 E Broadway (617-464-6488,